Worst sports injuries of 2013

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The year in sports was messy, especially in the injury department, where no major franchise was spared a visit to the team trainer and an extended stint on the reserve list. While being an athlete comes with its share of professional hazards, there were some truly gruesome moments this year that not only damaged the bones, joints and tendons of some of our favorite players but took a huge toll on the rest of the team too. From Rob Gronkowski's season ending injury to the perhaps irreversible damage Marc Staal suffered after taking a speeding hockey puck to the eye, here are our picks for the year's most cringe-worthy injuries.

Worst sports injuries of 2013
NCAA star Kevin Ware of Louisville suffered a brutal broken leg in a Mar. 31st game against Duke (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Marc Staal of the New York Rangers took a hokey puck to the eye during a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Mar. 5th (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a brutal knee injury in April (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers injured his achilles tendon in April, a serious setback for the entire team (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb took a line drive to the head in a Jun. 15th game against the Kansas City Royals (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves took a mean hit to the face during an August 21st game against the New York Mets(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Iranian soccer star Ferydoon Zandi broke both legs in a Sept. 28th match (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a  season-ending ACL injury during a Dec.8th game against the Cleveland Browns (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a season ending back injury at the hands of the Washington Redskins on Dec.22nd (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UFC fighter Anderson Silva injured his leg in one of the most aganozing injuries of 2013 (AP Photo/David Becker)
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