This one really hurts

Welker injury illustrates the fragility of sports

Updated: January 5, 2010, 5:37 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Last week, the Indianapolis Colts forced the NFL to confront the ethical issues of good teams not playing their best players and the effect on leaguewide playoff chases. On Sunday, as Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker sat on the bench with a towel over his head, his season over after tearing apart his left knee in the first quarter of a somewhat meaningless game, he provided a disheartening counterargument to balance the discussion.

When Welker crumpled to the turf in Houston, two ...

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