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Dec 23 2013

5 NFL Players Who Bailed Out Their Teams This Year

Published by at 8:00 am under Editorial


As we’ve mentioned a number of times before—not that it’s a secret or anything—but injuries are just something that happen in the world of sports.

And while no one ever actually wishes for another human being to be put on the shelf, it happens a lot more than fans wish.

When a player goes down in the NFL though, the mantra seems to always be, “the next guy up.”

Well this post is for those guys, because there were a handful of players who saved their team’s seasons by filling in a critical role to help keep the production that their predecessor did.

5. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

Andre Ellington

He may not have overtaken incumbent running back Rashard Mendenhall as the permanent starter in Arizona, but Andre Ellington has seen his fair share of action in the backfield, providing a much-needed boost to a stale ground attack.

Nearly matching Mendenhall’s rushing yards this year in about 100 half attempts, Ellington has helped balance the Cards’ offensive attack to better be equipped for a possible playoff run.

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