By Danny Cox
Injuries are becoming one of the biggest storylines of the 2012 NFL season, and that is something no team wants to deal with. Quarterbacks, running backs, offensive lines, and defensive backs around the league have missed time and there’s really nothing that can be done about it. As the 2012 NFL regular season starts coming closer to an end, many teams are hoping that their biggest and best players are ready for a possible playoff run. The only problem is that unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Some big-time players are going to be sitting on the sidelines for a number of games or even the rest of the season. Whether teams are going to the playoffs or not, injuries are hurting them in more ways than one.
Bears Brian Urlacher could miss rest of the regular season
An MRI taken on Tuesday confirmed that Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has a Grade 2 hamstring strain that could cause him to miss the next three games. It is actually bad enough that he could be shelved for the rest of the regular season.
Urlacher hopes to be fully recovered for the playoffs if Chicago makes it in. The Bears sit with an 8-4 record, but have lost three of their last four. If the Bears do make the playoffs, Urlacher may just sit out the rest of the regular season anyway, in order to be more healed for the postseason.
Ravens Terrell Suggs suffers torn biceps – Getting second opinion
Linebacker Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens suffered a torn biceps during Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Suggs is going to receive a second opinion on the injury to determine its severity.
If it is indeed a torn biceps, Suggs could miss anywhere from four to six weeks, and that would put him out for a portion of the playoffs. He already missed the first six weeks of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Steelers Ben Roethlisberger improving – Could possibly return this week
After three weeks on the sidelines, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could possibly return to action this week. His injured shoulder has kept him from making the required throws during the past few weeks to prove to coaches he is ready for game-time play.
Charlie Batch is still penciled in as the starter for the upcoming week, but things could change depending on how late week practices go. If it appears as if Big Ben is healed enough, the Steelers could be desperate enough to let him play even if he isn’t fully at 100 percent.
Lions wide receiver Titus Young’s season ends on injured reserve
The Detroit Lions have decided to just go ahead and put an early end to the second season of wide receiver Titus Young by placing him on injured reserve. It is being reported that he was placed on IR due to a knee injury that had been bothering him much earlier in the season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
This move may just have been what was best for everyone because Young hasn’t played since the Week 12 game against Green Bay due to discipline issues. The young wide receiver has made coaches and teammates very angry with his ways, and it has caused him to be deactivated for multiple games. His being placed on injured reserve may just be a strong message that he needs to shape up or ship out.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.