Defensive struggles. Teams losing key players.

by Felipe Dominguez

Now, I know that a lot of Fantasy Leagues do not have drafting a defense, but I know a lot who do.  So here is a quick change of pace from us talking about quaterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.  There are a couple of key injuries that could very well change the face of the team defense.

 

The New York Giants have lost defensive end Osi Umenyiora with a knee injury for the rest of the year, tearing his lateral meniscus in Saturday nights game against the New York Jets.  This leaves the Giants with big questions including the possible return of Michael Strahan whose help will be sorely needed.  

 

The San Diego Chargers are another team in a bit of trouble as star linebacker Shawn Merriman has two torn knee ligaments.  Now, I would like to say that will end his season, but something troubling happening here is that he is looking around for second opinions of whether he should call it a season or if there is any way around the injury.  No one questions this man’s passion for the game, but to go out there and try to play with a knee like this could very well see the words “career ending” go next to his diagnosis.  

 

On a sad note.  Wide receiver Harry Williams of the Houston Texans has had his career cut short.  Trying to make a tackle against the Dallas Cowboys last Friday, he injured his neck and spine.  Accidents like this are sad to see and our hearts go out to him and his family.

 

And on a lighter note.  Have you seen the Cleveland Brown secondary?  Neither has the team as they are being manhandled in the preseason and yes, I’m talking about the starters.  The Browns have some straightening up to do because their first game of the season?  Terrell Owens and Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. 

 

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