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Injury epidemic can't be ignored

Mailbag: League must figure out why number of missed games is rising

Originally Published: December 24, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

One of the biggest stories in 2013 has been injuries.

In Week 16, the problem only escalated. Tony Romo suffered a herniated disk. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long suffered torn ACLs. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a PCL knee injury.

Though I include suspensions, NFL teams have had 1,514 missed starts this year. That's more than the 1,428 missed starts for the entire 2010 season. The final count is ...

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