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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Report: Number of NFL players on injured-reserve list is up over 2009

By Cindy Boren

Does it seem as if the number of injuries in the NFL is up this year? Being a Red Zone zombie might contribute to that perception. So might a day like Oct. 17, when there were a number of dangerous hits that prompted the NFL to take action.

But the numbers, as compiled by Alex Marvez of, indicate that there have been more injuries so far this year.

Dating back to the offseason, NFL teams have already placed 34 more players on injured reserve through 10 weeks (311) than at this point last year (277). The final numbers will assuredly be the highest since the NFL began playing with 32 teams in 2002.

While no one knows know what the ultimate numbers will be, it's a certainty that they'll be cited every time the conversation turns to a increasing the season to 18 games.

By Cindy Boren  | November 18, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
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I agree that it will be brought up when the conversation turns to increasing the number of games to 18, but I don't really understand why. They aren't planning on adding any more games, they are simply converting 2 pre-season games to regular season games. And I have yet to see any study that shows players get injured more frequently in a regular season game than a pre season. So essentially the anti-18 game crowd who point to these numbers are really saying it's okay if backups and guys who won't even make a team get seriously injured in the preseason, but it's not ok if the players who make the team do.

Things that make you go...hmmmmmm

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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