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Injury Report Week 9
By Garth Pearce
Special to gzl-football.com

There were some serious hits this week to some teams that are already feeling the pinch of the injury bug

DT Pat Sims is the second season long injury for the Jags this year. Following in the footsteps of Matthew Diaz, Sims is sitting out with a broken elbow and leaves a big skill hole at nose tackle. Kraig Poore is literally a poor replacement at this position and won't be working the inside anywhere near as well as Sims to let the linebackers do their job. 3-4 defenses have been known to be susceptible to the run and with Poore in the middle there's likely to be more holes than you can poke a stick at (or a linebacker). Don't be surprised if opponents take advantage of this situation and ram their running game down the Jags throat.

It would seem that 2015 is the injury year of the Titan. First Christopher Henderson spent the first half of the year out, now half the secondary is hit with injuries as future hall-of-famer corner Lardarius Webb tears his rotator cuff and is out for the year and safety Robert Sands won't see action again until the playoffs with a broken collarbone of his own. This equates to two big injuries that have seen free agents hired to plug the gaps, including Brent Grimes and Jonathan Wade at corner (well you need that many guys to replace Webb). Tom Zbikowksi sees his first field in over a year and a half at free safety, giving up 5 inches filling in for Sands. There's a lot of talent missing now from this defense and I wouldn't expect them to perform as well as before, but given that Henderson is back in the line-up their offense may be able to carry them a bit further and ease the pressure on the pass defense. Overall it's a slight slip in rating as a unit but not a season killer.

Jarius Wright has had an extremely specialized role this year as the punt returner but is now out for 11 weeks with a torn tricep. His 3.14 yards per return is hardly notable and his replacement in Jordan Olsen should achieve a similar figure.

OLB Mychal Kendricks has been used in a backup and special teams role since coming over from the Buccs and will now be rested for 3 weeks with a hip pointer issue. Not much of a lose for an already struggling Lions outfit and they'll move along no different lacking his presence.

Adam Jones has problems with his pectoral muscles and it'll take at least another 2 weeks to heal. In that time the young duo of Chase Minnifield and Jamar Taylor can strut their stuff for the 49ers and give us a taste of the future in San Fran. There may be less chance of a pick with this combination but they won't lack for pass coverage over Jones.
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