Re: Injury prone teams and those with hardly any injuries
posted at 1/6/2014 8:08 PM EST
In response to Spetznaz24's comment:
In response to kevin13130's comment:
Interesting question, but I think most teams suffer similar numbers of injuries over several seasons. If you just count the 16 games in a season, it's a pretty small sample size where figures can appear inflated.
You also need to factor in postseason appearances as those are extra opportunities for injuries. Patriots, Steelers, and Packers certainly have been in their fair share of those in the past several years.
Taking your example of the 49ers, I'd point out that they lost their starting QB (Alex Smith) last season for a key stretch. If not for Kaepernick, their season could have been ruined by that. They also lost Patrick Willis and Justin Smith for awhile (if I remember correctly), and Crabtree for most of the season this year. So some of it might be perception too, which can often be influenced by amount of media coverage.
but isnt 3 years a pretty big sample size?
Does anyone have a stat for the number of games missed by starters for all teams in the past 3 years?
I would bet Steelers, Packers and Patriots would easily be in top 5.
Someone did post that last week. Would have to look for it.
As of right now the Pats sit at the top of the list in Ir'd players, money wise and yes they are always high on the list yearly.
I do think it has to do with their value approach. All teams have injuries but when you gravitate to players with a history, it might just be what keeps them at the top of the heap.
It might have to do with over use of some players too. Wilfork Mankins. It's not the back ups getting hurt, not usually. Maybe 88-95% of the snaps are a little much.
Jones has played an awful lot this year. Hope he's not the next casualty.