10 Most Dangerous Defensive Backs in the 2010 NFL Season So Far

Now that we’re finished visiting with our friends and families this Thanksgiving and eating tofurkey legs and ham, it’s time to wonder what an injure-prone season this has been.  I have never seen that many NFL rosters depleted, relying on third and fourth options to fill in starter roles.  Intense defensive backs of several teams should be noted. Let’s begin the list of defensive gladiators who would make even Spartacus or Leonidas smile.

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He took out Cleveland Brown’s Mohamed Massoquoi in week 8, and was subsequently fined $75,000 and had a frank discussion with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been fined $40,000 for his hit to New York Giants‘ Derek Hagan for a helmet-to-helmet hit.  Another one that will have a discussion possibly with Roger Goodell.

Kareem Moore and DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins.  This tandem sandwiched Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in week 4 of the NFL, and Vick had to leave the game with a rib injury.

Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons. He sidelined Eagles DeSean Jackson and was subsequently fined $50,000.

Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants. He sidelined Carolina Panthers’ Matt Moore in week 1 and Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler in week 4 with concussions.

Justin Tuck of the New York Giants.  He assisted in sidelining Jay Cutler in week 4.

Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants.  He hospitalized Detroit Lions’ Zack Follett in week 6 of the NFL with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Barry Cofield of the New York Giants. He broke Detroit Lions’ Shaun Hill’s left forearm in week 6.

Michael Boley of the New York Giants.  He broke Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo in week 7, and Jon Kitna had to come in to replace him.

The New York Giants defense has been decimating quarterbacks in the beginning of the season, but since Roger Goodell has begun enforcing these regulations concerning hard hits and concussions, more defensive backs have become timid or penalized tremendously.  It is better for the sport and the NFL players‘ longevity in the game. But the penalties sometimes are a bit over the top and too many.

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