We’ve all heard the tale of the broken leg or broken shoulder in the NFL.
And while we may be seeing more broken bones, some of the injuries are not necessarily permanent.
Here are some injuries that could leave players with lasting consequences.
First, the knee: It seems that the number of injured players continues to grow.
According to the latest injury reports from ProFootballFocus, there are now 13 players in the league who have suffered an injury that requires surgery.
That’s up from 11 in 2013.
The league also reported that there were 10 injuries in the last six weeks of the regular season.
That includes a season-ending leg injury to quarterback Alex Smith, who will miss the remainder of the season.
There’s also a fractured collarbone suffered by cornerback Aqib Talib.
The former Alabama star was playing on the same team as Smith when he fractured his collarbone.
Talib had been with the Browns when the injury occurred.
It’s unclear how long Talib’s injury will keep him out of action, but if he can’t return to the field in time for the season opener against the Cowboys, it will be a serious blow for Cleveland’s hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive.
The ankle: The injury to left tackle Ryan Clady is the latest in a string of high-profile injuries to the ankle, as the New York Giants have lost starting center Dominic Raiola, who was released after missing all of the first three games, linebacker Nick Fairley, who is expected to be out for several months with a torn ACL, guard Chris Snee and running back Andre Williams, who are all expected to miss several weeks with injuries.
A number of other players have also suffered ankle injuries, including guard Jahri Evans and defensive end Robert Ayers, who were both injured during the Eagles-49ers game on Sept. 23.
The knee: The number of knee injuries is growing.
Last week, cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett suffered injuries that left them out of practice for most of the week.
On Monday, cornerback Terence Newman also was sidelined for the first time this season with a knee injury.
The Eagles are set to start rookie tight end Trey Burton on Sunday against the Dolphins, who have been the most injured team in the League this season.
The injuries to Clady and Raiola could leave the Eagles in a bad spot if they can’t keep him from returning.
The calf: The most high-end of injuries to a player’s calf is to the knee.
That could mean it’s time for a reconstruction, and the first such reconstruction is set for Sept. 16.
In the past, the most expensive knee surgery for a player was for the Steelers’ James Harrison, who suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee.
Harrison underwent surgery for the surgery, and he missed the entire 2014 season with the injury.
However, in 2015, he returned to play in nine games and played a big role in the Steelers going 11-5.
The most expensive reconstruction for a knee in recent years was for San Francisco 49ers running back Chris Thompson, who underwent the surgery in 2012 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Thompson suffered a season ending knee injury that limited him to two games in 2014.
The NFL’s latest injury report lists four players who are expected to have surgeries, including tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, running back Mike Davis and cornerback Darius Slay, who tore his Achilles tendon.
Slay’s knee is not expected to stay injured.
The other two are offensive lineman Matt Slauson and linebacker J.J., who suffered knee injuries in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The injury reports also show that tight end O.J.-Dubose has suffered a hip injury that may sideline him for a number of weeks.
The Cowboys have a number players with injury issues.
Wide receiver Terrance Williams is still sidelined with a back injury, while cornerback Morris Claiborne missed the final two games of the 2014 season after a hamstring injury.
Safety Charles Woodson has a sprained ankle and has missed the past two games.
Tight end Kyle Wilber has a hamstring strain that could keep him off the field for the rest of the year.