The big hurt
The Mag goes inside the IR as NFL players sidelined for the season trade war stories.
A 16-GAME SCHEDULE IS GRUELING, but so is a long stay on the IR. That's one of many things we found out when we recently gathered four guys mending from season-ending injuries: Rams third-year wideout Donnie Avery (knee), Texans rookie running back Ben Tate (ankle and fibula), longtime Eagles center Jamaal Jackson (triceps) and Patriots veteran corner Leigh Bodden (shoulder).
Meeting just a few days after second-year Broncos receiver and IR mainstay Kenny McKinley is thought to have taken his own life, our panel had heavy hearts and plenty on their minds.
For more on what it's like to live life on the NFL IR, you must be an ESPN Insider.
ESPN The Magazine: November 01, 2010
Check out the content from ESPN The Magazine's November 1, 2010 issue -- the NBA Preview.