The league's irreplaceables -- and some golf

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

If you're like me this morning, you're mixing in a little U.S Open coverage (live on ESPN360.com) with your daily NFL reading. And in case you haven't discovered it yet, ESPN.com's Jason Sobel is belting out an outstanding live blog.

I was rooting for the Cinderella story, David Duval, but it appears that the former No. 1 golfer in the world is looking more like No. 882, which is his current ranking. And Ricky Barnes is currently in full-on meltdown mode. If Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson could make any kind of a run, they'd have a chance. OK, here's the NFL tie-in: Dallas' Anthony Kim, currently tied for 14th in the U.S. Open, is good pals with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

In other news, our friends at Football Outsiders have come up with a list of the 10 most irreplaceable players in the NFL. They took into account a lot of numbers I don't understand, depth charts and schemes. Most people have to pay to see this list, but I'll give you a little sneak peek -- minus Bill Barnwell's explanations.

10. Kris Jenkins
9. Michael Roos
8. Ed Reed
7. Andre Johnson
6. Tommie Harris
5. Ryan Clady
4. Roddy White
3. Nnamdi Asomugha
2. DeMarcus Ware
1. Peyton Manning

Obviously, Ware was the only representative from the Beast. Barnwell called Ware the "best two-way defender in the league."