Injuries have decimated the St. Louis Rams this season. While cornerbacks have been hit the hardest of all, no position on the roster has been absent from the injury report. This week, the Rams lost two players, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and cornerback Al Harris, to torn ACLs.
Both players will be added to the injured reserve list. That's just the beginning. From there it's visits to the doctor, surgery and months of rehabilitation to get back to football shape for the 2012 season.
Players return from torn ACLs all the time, so both players and the others with torn ligaments should conceivably be back for the 2012 season. Harris' status may hinge on what the 37-year-old wants to do in the years ahead. Nevertheless, it should not be taken for granted just how much work a player has to go through to return to form after suffering this kind of injury, an injury that has become alarmingly routine in the NFL this year.
For Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, there's a hidden cost of a torn ACL.