In a surprising statistical breakdown of games missed by starters (courtesy of Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News), the Giants lost a total of only 38 games. By comparison, the Philadelphia Eagles had starters miss a total of 63 games, which led the entire league. Further, the NFC East had starters miss a total of 247 games, which also led the league … by quite a bit. The AFC South came in second with 210 total games missed by starters.
One thing this breakdown does not account for is games missed by potential starters lost during training camp/preseason. For instance, there was thought that cornerback Terrell Thomas would come back and reassume his previous role as starter, but he suffered an ACL injury which cost him all 16 games. The same line of thinking applies to defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who would have likely started in the absence of Chris Canty, who began the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Collectively, and assuming Rogers would have gone to the bench upon Canty's return, that's an additional 22 games, which would put the Giants' total at 60 games missed by starters. And that's not even accounting for games missed by depth players turned starters due to other injuries.
It's a complex "what if" scenario any way you wish to break it down, but it's clear from the numbers that the NFC East – not just the Giants – were hit hard with the injury bug in 2012.
Also…Chris Canty, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Shaun Rogers, Terrell Thomas
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