When I first started to look at the INJ attribute, I looked at all players regardless of position. Looking at all positions at once, shows several inconsistencies. I thought, maybe looking at the INJ attribute by position would paint a better picture. By looking at the INJ attribute on a position level, it did show some consistencies. Overall, I would still consider the INJ attribute in Madden 12 to be inconsistent. I had a very long list to start with, I had to cut it down to prevent information overload. It's still a lot of information, but I believe it's needed to show the consistency within the inconsistency.
I decides to look at the last three years for the players included in the spreadsheet. I know some of these players have had injuries prior to 2009, but I believe three years is enough time to show a trend on the players behalf. I fully understand if some folks believe the entire career should be looked at when rating a players injury attribute. That is a valid argument. If looking at the entire career is the way EA is rating the injury attribute, the table still show inconsistency with the younger players and some older players. I believe a player should have the opportunity to shed the "injury prone" label, or can receive the "injury prone" label. I would love to hear what you think in the comments section.
INJ = Current Madden 12 injury attribute rating as of Week 16 update.
GMSD = Games missed
|E. Manning||98||0||0||0||118 Consecutive gms|
|R. Gronkowski||84||0||0||College||Missed senior yr|
|J. Gresham (CIN)||60||2||1||College||Missed senior yr|
|R. Wayne||95||0||0||0||144 Consecutive gms|
|Michael Roos||96||0||0||0||111 Consecutive gms|
|Jake Scott||93||0||0||0||119 Consecutive gms|
|Backus||92||0||0||0||175 Consecutive gms|
|B. Moore||90||0||0||0||120 Consecutive gms|
|Weigmann||72||0||0||0||174 Consecutive gms|
|Sitton (GB)||47||2||0||0||Missed 5 in 08'|
|Justin Smith||96||0||0||0||170 Consecutive gms|
|Flecther||99||0||0||0||178 Consecutive gms|
|Harrison (PIT)||97||5||0||0||1 to suspension in 11'|
|Lewis||85||4||0||0||0 games fr 08' - 10'.|
|Sheldon Brown||99||0||0||0||Never missed a gm|
|R. Barber||95||0||0||0||198 Consecutive gms|
|B. Harris (HOU)||92||9||College||College|
Statistics collected from NFL.com
Consecutive games information collected from NFL.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_consecutive_starts_(NFL)#cite_note-Jake_Scott_-_Profile-38
You will notice that I included some notes on a few players. I did verify the consecutive game streaks at NFL.com. I also did my best to confirm that players missed these games due to injury. If anyone does find an error please let me know and I will correct it ASAP. I do not want to put out incorrect information.
For the most part, EA has giving credit to top 10 players with the longest active consecutive streaks. I have noted the length of those streaks next to the players name. One player, Casey Weigmann of the Kansas City Chief has slipped through the cracks. He has a 72 INJ attribute while having started 174 consecutive games.
Only one player (London Fletcher) who is in the top 10 of active streaks has received a 99 INJ from EA. I would suggest that a 99 INJ should be reserved and giving to these exact type of players. All 10 of these players have earned a 99 INJ attribute at this point. What else would a player have to do to receive a 99?
Looking over these attributes and games missed, you should see inconsistencies within positions and as a whole.
1. How in the world does Justin Smith and Kyle Williams have the same INJ when Smith has proven to be an Ironman and Williams has missed 12 games over the last three years?
2. Should Jay Cutler and Tony Romo really have a better INJ than Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has only missed one game since becoming a starter in 2008.
3. When does Matthew Stafford get out of the INJ doghouse (65 INJ). If he starts on Sunday, he will have played every game this season. Should he have to prove it one more season before getting a bump?
4. If you want inconsistency, just look at the RBs.
5. Should Gronkowski and Finley be that closely rated in INJ? Is Gresham really that bad?
6. Gross, Vaquez, and Light, should not have a higher INJ attribute than Backus, Weigmann, Moore, and Scott.
7. Linebackers are the second most inconsistent when it comes to the INJ attribute.
8. Defensive backs don't seem to take as much of a hit in INJ than other positions. BTW - Why in the (blank) does Melvin Bullitt have a 91 INJ?
I know some people won't think the INJ is a very important attribute, I believe it's very important especially for the online gameplay experience. A gamer can change an attribute when playing offline to correct these inconsistencies, but they can't be corrected for online ranked play. Losing a player during a game is one thing, but the frequency of losing that player should be based on reality. Have a great New Year and I will keep reminding all of you "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE."