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Report: N.Y. Giants led NFL with 91 starter games lost to injury

By Bill Bradley, contributing editor

Sometimes in the NFL, injuries can tell the whole story. Then again, they also can be deceiving.

Regardless, a Dallas Morning News research project found the league had a record 1,600 games lost to injury by starters this season, including 861 on offense.

The New York Giants, who lost 26 games to injuries on the offensive line alone, suffered a league-high 91 games lost to injuries. That might have contributed to their 7-9 record.

However, the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts (11-5) were second with 83 games lost to starters, just ahead of the AFC East champion New England Patriots (12-4), who lost 74 games from starters.

On the other hand, the New York Jets (8-8) missed the playoffs and lost a league-low 20 games by starters to injury. The second best? That was wild-card playoff entrant Kansas City Chiefs (11-5), which started the season 9-0 and lost 22 games to injury by starters.

Here is the team-by-team list of starter games lost ot injury:


Injury report

The games lost by starters because of injury during the 2013 NFL season lists the team, the number of games lost (G), the number of 16-game starters (16G), the starters placed on season-ending injured reserve (IR), plus the key player and his games lost (GL):

Team

G

16G

IR

Key injury

GL

NY Jets

20

12

1

WR Santonio Holmes

5

Kansas City

22

0

0

TE Anthony Fasano

6

Washington

22

13

2

DE Stephen Bowen

6

Philadelphia

29

14

1

WR Jeremy Maclin

16

Cleveland

35

6

2

QB Brian Hoyer

11

Tennessee

36

7

2

QB Jake Locker

9

Baltimore

38

10

1

G Kelechi Osemele

9

Buffalo

38

7

2

DE Alex Carrington

13

SF 49ers

39

13

2

NT Ian Williams

14

Cincinnati

40

7

3

CB Leon Hall

11

Detroit

41

10

2

DE James Jones

13

Miami

41

7

3

TE Dustin Keller

16

St. Louis

41

9

4

QB Sam Bradford

9

Seattle

44

6

1

LT Russell Okung

8

Chicago

47

11

3

DT Henry Melton

13

Houston

49

9

4

LB Brian Cushing

9

Jacksonville

49

5

5

OT Luke Joeckel

11

Oakland

49

7

1

S Tyvon Branch

14

Pittsburgh

52

6

3

C Maurkice Pouncey

15

San Diego

52

6

2

WR Malcolm Floyd

15

Denver

53

8

4

LT Ryan Clady

14

Carolina

57

9

3

S Charles Godfrey

14

Minnesota

57

5

3

S Harrison Smith

8

New Orleans

61

7

4

DE Will Smith

16

Cowboys

62

10

3

DE Anthony Spencer

15

Arizona

67

13

5

G Jonathan Cooper

16

Green Bay

70

10

3

RT Bryan Bulaga

16

Tampa Bay

70

9

5

G Carl Nicks

14

Atlanta

72

4

5

WR Julio Jones

11

New England

74

6

5

DT Vince Wilfork

12

Indianapolis

83

7

5

WR Reggie Wayne

9

NY Giants

91

6

6

S Stevie Brown

16

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