The injury reports from today's games read like a who's who of recent NFL standouts. An All-Pro safety, the starting quarterback off a division leader, three starting running backs from playoff contenders and two long-time offensive lineman were among the carnage in a day that could come back to haunt a number of teams with Super Bowl aspirations.
The list of the fallen include:
Orton will reportedly miss next week's game, Turner and Benson are said to have potentially "serious" injuries and Westbrook's concussion was his second in 20 days. His loss wouldn't devastate the Eagles (at this point, it's almost a surprise when he does play), but prolonged absences by the others could mean the difference between a postseason berth or mid-January tee times.
Today's list isn't out of the ordinary or anything. The crawl on SportsCenter every Monday morning shows more medical conditions than it does scores. However, days like today should remind the NFL that it's hard enough for players to get through a 16-game season, let alone the 18-game season that Roger Goodell would love to expand to.