Green Bay Packers – The Most Injured Team in the NFL

Next time you’re looking for excuses as to why your team failed this season, take a look at the Green Bay Packers, a team that made the playoffs despite having the most games lost to injury in the NFL this season.

Not just the Packers, but the Washington Redskins, who come second on this list, also made the playoffs. The Packers have lost 83 games to injury to their starting players, while the Redskins, who were knocked out in the Wild Card Playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks partially because of an injury to their quarterback, Robert Griffin III, follow with 75 games lost to injury.

The Dallas Cowboys, who once again failed to secure a spot in the postseason, missing out on the final day of the season in a do or die kind of game, rank third in the NFL and have at least some excuse to why it was the third year in a row without making the playoffs. However, there’s much more to it than injuries, as their Defensive Coordinator, Rob Ryan, was fired, not something Cowboys players are really supportive of.

Seven of the 12 teams that made the playoffs were in the lower half of games lost to injury this season, San Francisco and Seattle in the bottom two. You need luck on your side, not to mention ability, in order to go through an NFL season unscathed, and every Super Bowl champion has a bit of fortune to thank for. The 49ers lost only 8 games to injury this season; the Seattle Seahawks only 11.

Sometimes it’s not the total number of injuries, but who the injury happens to. The Philadelphia Eagles, projected to win the NFC East by many (for a second consecutive season) finished with an abysmal 4-12 after starting 3-1. Their biggest problem was a crumbling offensive line that just couldn’t get fixed, as tackle Jason Peters missed the entire season. That injury was part of 63 games missed by Eagles starters this season, costing Andy Reid, among other things, his job.

Full Injury List

Team Made Playoffs Games 16g  IR Key injury games
1. San Francisco Yes 8 17 1 WR Mario Manningham 4
2. Seattle Yes 11 13 0 G James Carpenter 5
3. New Orleans   20 11 1 LB Jonathan Vilma 4
4. Chicago   23 7 2 G Chilo Rachal 6
5. Miami   23 16 3 CB Richard Marshall 12
6. Houston Yes 24 11 1 LB Brian Cushing 11
7. Minnesota Yes 24 12 1 WR Percy Harvin 7
8. St. Louis   24 10 1 C Scott Wells 9
9. New England Yes 27 7 0 G Logan Mankins 6
10. Atlanta Yes 33 10 2 CB Brent Grimes 15
11. NY Giants   38 9 1 S Kenny Phillips 9
12. San Diego   42 9 6 OT Jared Gaither 12
13. Baltimore Yes 46 8 2 LB Ray Lewis 10
14. NY Jets   47 9 3 CB Darrelle Revis 14
15. Oakland   47 8 1 CB Shawntee Spencer 14
16. Tampa Bay   48 12 4 G Davin Joseph 16
17. Arizona   49 7 3 OT Levi Brown 16
18. Cleveland   49 8 4 LB Chris Gocong 16
19. Tennessee   51 7 5 C Eugene Amano 16
20. Denver Yes 52 9 4 DT Ty Warren 15
21. Pittsburgh   52 8 5 S Troy Polamalu 9
22. Buffalo   55 10 5 WR David Nelson 15
23. Cincinnati Yes 56 10 3 LB Thomas Howard 15
24. Kansas City   56 5 4 C Rodney Hudson 13
25. Philadelphia   63 6 6 OT Jason Peters 16
26. Carolina   65 6 6 CB Chris Gamble 12
27. Indianapolis Yes 66 5 2 G Seth Olsen 11
28. Detroit   69 10 6 HB Jahvid Best 16
29. Jacksonville   69 7 6 G Will Rackley 16
30. Cowboys   71 8 5 S Barry Church 13
31. Washington Yes 75 13 4 OT Jammal Brown 16
32. Green Bay Yes 83 8 4 LB Desmond Bishop 16
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