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Dec 26, 2013 3:54 PM by Joe Bevans

Severe injuries down

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has told its Health and Safety Advisory Committee that ACL injuries were down through 13 weeks of the season. In a memo to the committee sent earlier this week and obtained by The Associated Press, there were 30 ACL injuries in games through the preseason and first 13 weeks of the schedule. There were 39 such injuries in 2012, 35 in 2011, 37 in 2010, and 31 in 2009. Anterior cruciate ligament problems are the most severe knee injuries. There was an increase in medial collateral ligament injuries (MCL), from 74 in 2012 to 89 in games this season through 13 weeks. But there were 106 MCL injuries in 2011, 89 in 2010 and 103 in 2009. The injury reporting service Quintiles/Outcome provided the numbers to the league.

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