Injuries are certainly a part of football, and fantasy football, for that matter, but when it comes to the latter that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't be prepared.
Here are the top injury concerns when it comes to quarterback. If you decide to draft one of these guys, be sure you add a capable backup at some point.
1. Michael Vick, Philadelphia
Style of play makes him the most injury-prone QB in the league. Played 16 games only once in his career (2006) and has missed seven games over the last two years. It also doesn't help his rep that he's already banged the thumb on this throwing hand in an earlier preaseason game and left Monday's night game against the Patriots after taking a hard shot to his ribs. Fortunately, x-rays came back negative, but if he's taking this much punishment in the preseason, what happens when the games count?
2. Sam Bradford, St. Louis
He had a significant shoulder issue in college, and an ankle injury cost him six of his last 11 games last fall. Needs to prove he can stay healthy.
3. Matt Schaub, Houston
Major injuries appear to be fluky and unlucky, but the fact remains that he has played no more than 11 games in three of his last five years.
4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit
When healthy, he is as good as any quarterback in the league. Played in every game at Georgia but only 29 of a possible 48 regular-season games since entering the NFL.
5. Matt Cassel, Kansas City
After taking a pounding for the first nine games (and playing better than expected), he suffered an injury to his throwing hand that ended his season. Could this be his last chance in Kansas City?
6. Robert Griffin III, Washington
Missed a huge chunk of his second season at Baylor with a torn ACL, and his style of play lends itself to injuries. Can Mike Shanahan afford to let RG3 run free?
7. Peyton Manning, Denver
After starting 208 straight games, Manning missed all 16 games of the 2011 season. The neck appears to be healthy, but can he still take the big hits?
8. Tony Romo, Dallas
Oft-injured, gutty performer often plays through injury but is constantly banged up. Missed 10 games in 2010 and three games in 2008. Has O-Line improved enough to keep him healthy?
9. Jay Cutler, Chicago
Has taken a beating his entire pro and college career and has bounced back every time, but first major injury (thumb) cost him six games last year.
10. Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee
Played his first full season since 2007 last year, but has been replaced by Jake Locker as the Titans' starter. Should Hasselbeck regain the starting job for whatever reason remember this — he turns 37 in September.
— Published on August 21, 2012
Dominate Your Fantasy Football League! Click here for the ultimate online resource for mock drafts, positional rankings, Athlon's Top 250 and more.
You can order your award-winning Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Football preview magazine here.