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

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  1. Henry Burris

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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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    Johnny Knox?
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    Nate Vasher had some nice years before dealing with injury if I remember right.
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    I think I have the winner...Marc Columbo!
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    Absolutely Mike Brown. He was a Pro Bowler before the injuries, and was an absolute ball hawk. I fully believe that he would have gone to Canton had he not torn his ACLs half a dozen times.
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    Only tore his ACL once...achilles tear, Lisfranc, and a bunch of calf injuries did him in. Dude was a stud though.
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    Guys, Mike Brown and Tommie Harris were not busts
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    Truth.
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    That's what I was thinking after reading through this. I think guys like Carimi, Colombo, Chris Williams (among others) are classic examples. No one really knows if they would have been any good, but all were highly regarded first rounders that suffered injuries right off the bat. I guess you have to call them busts because of the way things turned out, but I really hate to throw the bust tag on guys because they get hurt. Someone said Johnny Knox, which I think is a good one for this list. He drove me crazy that he quit on routes occasionally and wouldn't come back for the ball (sometimes resulting in interceptions while he just stood there), but that's the kind of thing a good coach can overcome and I'm just glad the poor kid is still alive. Can't bring myself to call him a bust as that hit would have literally killed some people. Curtis Enos was another one that may have been something special (or at least good). Who was that WR that Lovie and JA drafted (I think a 2nd rounder) and tore his ACL in Detroit?
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    Knox and Dusty. I would love to see Marshall, Jeffery, and Knox on the field. Dusty was a beast, I remember Urlacher raving about him before the injuries really set in, woulda been nice.
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    Mark Bradley? He was our 2nd rd pick in 2005. Or Juaquin Iglesias? 2nd rd pick in 2009.


    For my money, I was always upset about Colombo's injury. Dusty was a good mention.

    I'll add one, though he was drafted too late for real inclusion into the list.....Lance Louis.

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