Do injuries play a factor?

November 16, 2007 |

This year has been a disappointment up to this point, and yes the offense has not played up to the level that it was expected to, but for people to think that injuries did not have something to do with the way this team has played, just look at the starters that Brian and his team have been without during this season:

Week 2: Ogden, Wilcox (20-13 W vs Jets)
Week 3: Ogden, Wilcox, Pryce, Rolle (26-23 W vs Cardinals)
Week 4: Ogden, Pryce, Rolle (27-13 L vs Browns)
Week 5: Ogden, Wilcox, Pryce, Rolle, Heap (9-7 W vs 49ers)
Week 6: Ogden, Wilcox, Pryce, Rolle, Flynn, Terry (22-3 W vs Rams)
Week 7: Wilcox, Pryce, Terry, McAlister (19-14 L vs Bills)
Week 8: Wilcox, Rolle, McAlister, Heap (38-7 L vs Steelers)
Week 9:  Wilcox, McAlister, Rolle (21-7 L vs Bengals)
Week 10: (as of Thursday) Williams, McNair, Rolle

For those of you scoring at home, the first number will represent the number of games missed this year. The second number will represent the number of games missed in the 2006 season:

Ogden: (5 games) — ’06 season (2 games)
Wilcox: (7 games) — ’06 season (2 games)
Pryce: (5 games) — ’06 season (0 games)
Rolle: (7 games) — ’06 season (0 games)
Heap: (2 games) — ’06 season (0 games)
McAlister: (3 games) — ’06 season (0 games)
Flynn: (1 game) — ’06 season (0 games)
Terry: (1 game) — ’06 season (0 games)
McNair: (1 game) — ’06 season (0 games)
Williams: (1 game) — ’06 season (0 games)

Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle have not played in a game together since Sept. 16 versus the Jets.

In Jon Ogden’s career up to this season he had only missed 10 games from 1996-2006 (3 in ’98, 1 in 2000, 4 in 2004 and 2 in 2006). He has missed five already this season.

Trevor Pryce has only missed 15 games since the 1999 season: one game in ’99 for his knee and 14 games in 2004 after having back surgery after the first week of the season. He has missed five games this year.

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