What injury related bust would have been a standout, if healthy?

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    I'm trying to think of some since I started watching at the beginning of the Wannstedt era (*shudders*), and I would have to say Rashaan Salaam, and I think that's what caused him to lose his motivation, but if I'm wrong, then I would have to say if Alonzo Spellman had been diagnosed and treated early for bipolar disorder, we could've had a beast at the spot.
     
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    Dusty Dvoracek comes to mind as a guy murdered by very bad, lingering injuries.
     
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    Does Tommie Harris qualify? I know he's not exactly a bust, but he was the best pass rushing DT in the league at the time of his injury. He could have been one of the best ever here.

    Otherwise, not sure. How about Dusty Dvoracek? He seemed to be coming along and then blew out his knee blocking on the kick return wedge.
     
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    What about Mike Brown, he had to finally retire b/c of those micro tears. Rex Grossman, if he had not gotten constantly inj'd to the point of being afraid to get hit might have been a serviceable qb also.
     
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    Two guys that came out of college looking like they were going to be HOFer's and never amounted to anything are:

    Lionel Antoine OT, first rounder in 1972
    Gabe Carimi OT, first rounder in 2011

    Both guys got injured before they ever played a regular season game and tried to come back but just never made it to anywhere near the level that was expected..
     
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    I'm going Carimi as well. Guy won an Outland award and could have very well won a 2nd in college. Without the injury its a moot point however as he probably wouldn't have fallen to us but I wish him well in ATL. Guy could have been an awesome OT.
     
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    I think Brandon Hardin had potential but apparently couldn't learn how to tackle without breaking himself.
     
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    No Airese Curry yet.....but seriously Dusty and Tommie looked like they could have been amazing together if they would have ever stayed healthy
     
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    Jerry Azumah
    Dusty Dvoracek
    Tommie Harris
    Mike Brown
    Gabe Carimi
    Chris Williams
     
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    Mike Brown, the best safety we've had in years. Tommie Harris and Sexy Rexy.
     
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