What Moves Should the Brewers Make to Help Solve Their Injury Woes?

Shorstop Alex Gonzalez, out for the year with a torn ACL, is just one of many key Brewers to go down with injuries in the early part of this season. 

First baseman Mat Gamel, who was supposed to try and help fill the extra large void left by the departure of team leader Prince Fielder, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez, the team's best defensive infielder and one of its most consistent hitters so far this year, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Starter Chris Narveson is out for the season with a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. Center fielder Carlos Gomez, who's been playing the best baseball of his career early this season, will be out for a couple more weeks. Ryan Braun, last season's MVP, is currently playing with a sprained achilles. The injury bug seems to have built a nest and is constantly buzzing around in the Brewers clubhouse. In which direction should the team look to replace its injured starters? I'm sure GM Doug Melvin has his own ideas, but here are my suggestions, whatever they're worth.

Junior Seau and Jonathan Vilma: Connected by a Culture

12-time pro bowler Junior Seau who passed away yesterday at age 43

Junior Seau is dead, apparently by his own hand. Jonathan Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season because of his role in the Saints bounty program. And these two stories, which broke yesterday, are inescapably connected to the culture of a sport that glorifies violence to a point that our society clearly doesn't care to know about.

To understand where this is all stems from, we have to go back to February 2011. That's when former NFL safety Dave Duerson committed suicide with a gunshot wound to his chest. To his chest, not his head. He spared his brain after sending a text message to his family asking that it be used for research in a study on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is believed to be a side effect of playing professional football. Less than three months after his suicide, doctors confirmed what Duerson had already known for years; that he suffered from a neurodegenerative disease that has been linked to concussions.