http://mmqb.si.com/2013/12/04/nfl-injury-increase-2013/ I don't know why they thought it would be good to do this story BEFORE the season ended but they did so I'm pretty sure the numbers for 2013 would have been a little higher, If they had waited 3 more weeks they would have had Romo on the list and I'm sure you can think of others from around the league that went down in Dec. The first thing I did was compare the number of Cowboy(8) injuries to Den.(8) SF(7) and Sea. (8). This doesn't change my mind on the effect injuries had on the Cowboys season because it doesn't take into effect the number of players playing hurt(Ware for example)or the depth that each team had to fill in for those injuries. I think most people would agree those other 3 teams are in much better shape to handle the injuries. The Cowboys just didn't and still might not have the talent to spare. The same could be said for Green Bay and other teams. “Ultimately, starters are starters for a reason,” linebacker Clay Matthews said that day, on which he’d ditched the bulky club worn to protect the broken thumb that sidelined him for four games. “They’re great players who play exceptionally well, and it’s no different on this team.” The NFL’s injury surveillance data, courtesy of Edgeworth Economics, shows a slow upward trend in the total number of injuries sustained in all practices and games from 2004 (2,623) to 2012 (3,126); a spike of 4,493 injuries in 2011 was attributed mainly to greater reporting of minor injuries that season. The data also shows a steady annual increase in the number of injuries that require surgery and those that result in eight or more days of missed playing time.