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Safety of running backs a growing concern

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Al Pereira/Getty)

The sensitivity to head injuries continues to increase. The league brought greater awareness to protecting quarterbacks and defenseless receivers, but there will be greater emphasis given to running backs now, as witnessed by special chin straps being donned during the Super Bowl.

INDIANAPOLIS - In his 13 NFL seasons, New England tailback Kevin Faulk, who might be playing in his final game in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday evening, can't recall exactly how many concussions he has suffered. That fact, in and of itself, might be alarming. But Faulk, who has primarily been used as a third-down receiver for much of his career, is hardly the only back who has lost count. None of the...

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