Any given Sunday – a poignant phrase used to describe the variability of game outcomes of America's favorite pastime. Who doesn't love the underdog story where the small team from some rural back country scores a last minute field goal against the money-injected undefeated rivals from the big city. I sure do. Yet, there seems to be a darker-side to this meaning. Movies like Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, and The Blindside usually employ this common theme; when it comes to football Sunday – we’re also on the lookout, waiting to cheer for one insidious event: the big hit.
Concussions have become a major topic within the NFL (and now Hollywood), there seems to be a bit of controversy here. This post does not add to this discussion – I think it goes without saying that I am not a doctor, nor am I a scientist (using the Goodell defense here), so all statistics presented here are merely informative. Can you tell I’m a little afraid of being on the NFL's bad side? All injury related statistics were pulled directly from the NFL’s website – for each week of 2015. Active list players that did not play due to non-injury related issues were dropped from the dataset; leaving only injuries with no indication of how major or minor the injury is, besides maybe looking at consecutive weeks of the same injuries.
Active players with the most injuries on the roster since Week 1:
The worst positions to play (this should not come as a shock): Linebacker, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Safety, and Running Back
The best positions (partially due to there being only a few per team): Long-Snapper, Kicker, Punter, Center, and Quarterback
Though, it seems quarterbacks have sustained a fair amount of different injuries per player this season. After all, we had our fair share of quarterback injuries.
Let's dig down and take a look at some 49er statistics. These are figures based on the cumulative number of injuries from week 1 to week 14 and are not player specific, meaning that the numbers presented are Week-Injuries not number of unique injuries. For example, say one player was out for two weeks with a hand injury. This would be counted as two hand week-injuries.
And a quick overview of all teams:
The numbers above show the total injuries per team, and are color coded based on the relative number of injuries per week.
In other news, much like Joe Flacco, my friend Daniel is currently going through recovery for his torn ACL. He has weekly updates about the processes and he's also a skilled videographer. Check out this snippet from his channel below!