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More games, more injuries

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There is one good thing about the Bears missing the next NFC Championship Game for the 12th straight season. It means no one gets hurt.

Those extra games can cause injury. At least bears don’t have that problem. Unless quarterback Justin Fields steps into an open manhole or tight end Cole Kumett slams the car door with his hand, all players must spring into his drill unharmed. I have.

The NFL regular season currently has 17 games, but wildcard teams could play 21 games to the Super Bowl. That can be too much for the human body to withstand.

As it stands, the injury rate for NFL players during the season is about 100%. That means you’re more likely to get injured as you play the season.

According to one analysis, the average player has about a 4.1% chance of suffering an injury that will keep them out of the next game about 4.1% of the time. Are you leading the way to the most dangerous positions? Running back is 5.2%. He also missed an average of 3.9 games at the time, which is also a high.

This brings to mind Tarik Cohen, a small Bears running back who was doing great in three games of the 2020 season until he was tackled on a punt return. I tore a ligament and fractured my tibial plateau. Today is here, tomorrow is the league match.

He nearly lost Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a sprained ankle Saturday against the Jaguars. He says he will play in his AFC Championship game on Sunday, but how well will he be able to plant his injured right leg?

We also watched Cowboys running back Tony Pollard hurt his ankle in Sunday’s game against the 49ers and leave behind a cart with a towel over his face.

No problem. With the Cowboys losing, Pollard can enjoy half a year in rehab.

In all the thrills of the playoffs, it’s easy to forget that this level of football is a thinly-concealed savagery, not much different from those of us who delve into it and those who revel in the gladiatorial extravaganzas of ancient Rome.

Less than three weeks after Bills safety Dumar Hamlin nearly died on the field after tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, Higgins unwittingly died again on Sunday. became the focus of brutal injuries to. I was actually injured twice.

It involved Bill’s defensive backs Tre Davius ​​White and Jordan Poyer, who crashed the falling Higgins helmet-to-helmet, knocking each other out. It was an amazing sight to see his two men lying unconscious in the snow. Replays even proved “oh wow” from TV analyst Tony Romo.

The most amazing part of Crash? White is somehow cleared to return to the game.

It reminded me of one of the wilder days we thought had faded. This is nicely explained by Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in his new book Watch My Smoke. At Soldier Field for the soon-to-be Super Bowl his champion Bears, Dickerson concussed Mike with a brutal tackle on his single tally. he writes:

The trainer asked me, “Are you okay?”

”Where are you? ”

“Chicago”

“Who are you going to fight?”

“bear.”

”What is your name? ”

“Eric Dickerson”

“when is your birthday?”

What I didn’t know.

3 out of 4 questions correct! Back to the game Dickerson made.

Remembering the horrific back injury suffered by Bears receiver Johnny Knox in 2011 led to the headline: “The most gruesome spinal cord injury in NFL history.” Paralyzed.

Much later, Knox said: “For me, being able to walk after an injury like that is a big deal.”

Even if it’s the limp he has now.

Remember the dangers faced by Chiefs, Bengals, Eagles and 49ers players. And, like us, they might take solace in the Bears’ lousyness simply because they can lie on the couch and watch in safety.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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