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30 Season-Ending NFL Injuries That Ruined Teams’ Hopes

Darren - November 3, 2021
NFL

30 Season-Ending NFL Injuries That Ruined Teams’ Hopes

Darren - November 3, 2021
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3. Randall Cunningham (1991)

On the surface, the Eagles had a decent season in 1991 as they went 10-6. But digging a little deeper shows that they endured several major disappointments. Firstly, they lost their starting QB Cunningham to a knee injury in Week One. This was crushing to their hopes because their options were not great. Brad Grobel and Jeff Kemp were appalling so Philadelphia started Jim McMahon for most of the season (via SBNation).

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McMahon earned the praise of fans because of his performances. He was a steady pair of hands and helped the franchise to a winning record. But he was still a fading force in the NFL compared to Cunningham. Meanwhile, the Eagles had one of the top defenses in league history. But this still wasn’t enough to make it to the playoffs. They fell just short but Cunningham could have carried them over the line.

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2. Derrick Henry (2021)

‘King’ Henry was having a stellar season in the AFC South. He led the NFL in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and carries before he broke his foot. It was devastating for Tenessee because Henry appeared invincible. He only missed a single game in the previous three seasons. Meanwhile, he resembled a battering ram combined with a jet engine against opposition defenses.

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This came as a massive blow to the Titans’ Super Bowl hopes. Analysts saw them as genuine contenders but noted that they over-relied on Henry’s productivity. To be fair, a broken foot can happen to anybody. It’s not the same as ligament injuries. But there’s no doubt that the Titans needed Henry to stay fit so that they could storm the postseason (via Washington Post).

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1. Tom Brady (2008)

First, let’s put this into perspective. The Patriots went 11-5 in 2008 with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback. That shows how good they were because Cassel ultimately wasn’t great by any means. It’s tough for Pats fans to look back at that season because Brady might have been the difference. He sat out the entire year after he tore his ACL in the season opener and the Pats’ hopes died.

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Chiefs defender Bernard Pollard hit the legend low and Brady paid the price (via Boston Globe). It was a dark time for the franchise because they had lost the Super Bowl. It looked like they were about to become the first perfect team in history but they couldn’t hold their nerve. Then, they lost the biggest star in their comeback year. Cassel had a decent career year by his standards but he wasn’t Brady.

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