Thursday, December 4, 2008
12-game checkup painful for some
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
As a followup to the item about injury situations that matter, here's a quick look at the players on injured reserve for each team in the NFC West:
- Seahawks (11): center Chris Spencer, defensive end Patrick Kerney, receiver Logan Payne, guard Rob Sims, receiver Nate Burleson, receiver Ben Obomanu, long snapper Tyler Schmitt, tackle William Robinson, linebacker Wesly Mallard, cornerback DeMichael Dizer, guard Chris Gray.
- Rams (10): center Nick Leckey, receiver Dante Hall, receiver Drew Bennett, fullback Brian Leonard, cornerback Ricky Manning, tight end Randy McMichael, cornerback Justin King, guard Mark Setterstrom, tackle Brandon Gorin, tackle Rob Petitti.
- 49ers (6): tackle Jonas Jennings, cornerback Shawntae Spencer, fullback Zak Keasey, quarterback Alex Smith, linebacker Jay Moore, tackle Damane Duckett.
- Cardinals (2): linebacker Ali Highsmith, guard Scott Peters.
Note that some players leave IR through injury settlements or waivers (the Cardinals' handling of center Al Johnson comes to mind). The players listed above remain on injured reserve.
I also went through and counted how many players for each team have started all 12 games for their teams this season. The counts:
Kurt Warner is the only quarterback in the division to start every game for his team this season. The Cardinals have remained remarkably healthy in terms of not losing key players for extended periods. They have their share of players battling through injuries -- Mike Gandy on a bad ankle, Adrian Wilson with a bum shoulder -- but key players remain available.
- 49ers: 11
- Cardinals: 10
- Seahawks: 6
- Rams: 6