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

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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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