Injuries taking a toll on several teams

Originally Published: September 24, 2004
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
We're starting to see teams start to take some big hits from injuries. Mark Brunell, Deuce McAllister, Tommy Maddox, Steve Smith, Stephen Davis and Kellen Winslow are just some of the big names that have gone down already this season. The NFL is a game of big stars, and if a team can keep its stars healthy, then it has a chance to compete late in the season.

Kellen Winslow
When a team loses its star player, it is affected on both sides of the ball. A perfect example is in Cleveland. The Browns spent all of preseason and the first couple weeks of the regular season scheming ways to get Winslow the ball, and now he's out.

Do the Browns have players who can step up in his absence? How about in Baltimore, where the Ravens are missing two-thirds of their passing game with Travis Taylor and Todd Heap out.

Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to and has contributed to the NFL Draft.