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How injuries affected NFC West teams

Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders has released injury totals for 2009 NFL teams.

The Seahawks and Rams ranked among the eight teams that lost the most starter games to injury. The Cardinals ranked among the five least injured, although they lost some key players late in the season, and kickers were not counted, excluding whatever impact Neil Rackers' health issues might have had. The 49ers ranked 23rd among most-injured teams.

Having great quarterbacks certainly helps teams overcome injuries. The Colts and Saints were among the four most-injured teams in the league.