Many within the NFL have had to battle injuries throughout the 2017 season, but maybe no two teams have felt the effects of the injury bug as much as the two facing off on Sunday in Landover, MD.
For the Arizona Cardinals and their fans, they know the names, they know the players, they know the positions that have been continually hurting.
Yet, if one fanbase has seen similar if not worse, it has been the 2017 Washington Redskins.
A team that many felt could compete within the NFC, the Skins have been beset by injuries all season, not just nameless players ending up on IR, but truly impact players:
13 starters for the Skins and then, to make matters worse, their lead backups landed on the IR as well.
The thing that makes the Skins dangerous week in and week out is that they still have Kirk Cousins and All Pro left tackle Trent Williams.
Cousins has been the only consistent offensive threat the team has, putting up a staggering line: 66% 3,440 yards 22 touchdowns 9 interceptions, despite having little around him week-to-week.
One player that has been banged up, but found a way to start 10 games and will be a name to watch heading into Sunday is that of All Pro left tackle Trent Williams.
Williams is neck and neck with Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns as the best in the business at locking down the quarterbacks blindside.
If he is out on Sunday, he is dealing with a lingering knee issue, it makes the play of Chandler Jones an even greater “X-Factor” heading into Sunday.
Let’s hope for both teams sake all those injured get healthy and stay healthy come Sunday.