Around the NFL at midseason

November 14, 1999|By Ken Murray

Casualty count

It has been a season fraught with crippling, season-ending injuries. Here are some of the most devastating:

Date Player Injury

Aug. 28 QB Trent Green Torn ACL, left knee

Impact: Rams turn offense over to Kurt Warner

Aug. 28 MLB Chris Spielman Stinger

Impact: Browns defensive leader retires

Sept. 12 QB Vinny Testaverde Ruptured Achilles' tendon

Impact: Jets collapse without backup QB

Sept. 19 OLB John Mobley Sprained right knee

Impact: Broncos lose Mobley for season

Sept. 20 RB Jamal Anderson Torn ACL, right knee

Impact: Falcons lose first 4 games, start 1-6

Sept. 27 QB Steve Young Concussion

Impact: Likely career ending; 49ers fold

Oct. 3 RB Terrell Davis Torn ACL, right knee

Impact: Broncos lose league MVP for season

Oct. 10 WR Michael Irvin Spinal contusion

Impact: Without Irvin, Cowboys lose 4 of 5 games

Best free-agent acquisitions

Player Old team Impact

Colts DE Chad Bratzke Giants 7 sacks for improved defense

Colts LB Cornelius Bennett Falcons Leads team in tackles

Dolphins WR Tony Martin Falcons 16.9 yards a catch

Lions DT James Jones Ravens Allowed 100-plus rush yards just twice

Rams OG Adam Timmerman Packers Anchors big-play offense

Worst free-agent acquisitions

Player Old team Impact

Jets TE Eric Green Ravens Bust as receiver, blocker

Broncos CB Dale Carter Broncos A target of Mile High fans

Giants QB Kerry Collins Saints Can't beat out Kent Graham

Fine tuning

These are six games to watch down the stretch:

Date Game Significance

today Dolphins at Bills Flutie has beaten Jimmy Johnson once this year

Nov. 21 Patriots at Dolphins Pats play 4 of 5 on road, starting here

Dec. 5 Colts at Dolphins Can Miami stop the Colts' troika?

Dec. 12 Browns at Bengals Loser probably gets first pick in draft

Dec. 12 Lions at Bucs Playoff berth likely on the line

Dec. 26 Jaguars at Titans Jags' toughest game of easy second half

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