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|NFL Players on Injured Reserve Down in 2009
|NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of players placed on injured reserve is down in the NFL this season.
Heading into the playoffs, 297 players went on the list, including such stars as Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington. That was down from 305 in 2008 and 313 in 2007, which was the most since the league went to 32 teams in 2002.
Players who go on IR are ineligible for the rest of the season. Urlacher was sidelined after the season opener with a broken right wrist, and Pennington went out in the third game with a dislocated right shoulder.
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