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You always love the ones you hurt

Updated: November 21, 2002, 12:30 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2 columnist

"Being hurt is not the same as being injured." No, it isn't. Being hurt is far more hazardous to your health than being injured. -- R-Dub's NFL Proverb No. 89

A sample of the weekly NFL injury list, taken from two opposing teams. Each word represents one player, and possibly one career:

KNEE KNEE CHEST ANKLE SHOULDER TOE HAMSTRING ANKLE ANKLE ARM HAND SHOULDER LEG ANKLE FOOT THUMB NECK ELBOW GROIN SHOULDER CONCUSSION.

If H.P. Lovecraft was on the NFL beat, he'd be hyperventilating. ...

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