In today's New York Times, former Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins gave an incredibly illuminating interview to Greg Bishop about the realities of football, the mindset of the players, and the physical pain the gain imparts on their bodies.

My favorite quotes are excerpted below, but I urge you to read the entire thing:

You ever been in a car crash? Done bumper cars? You know when that hit catches you off guard and jolts you, and you?re like, what the hell? Football is like that. But 10 times worse. It?s hell.

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When you play the Jets, you feel it for a while after the game is over. Despite the flippancy of the headline, this story is rather serious. If you'll recall, early in the 4th quarter during Sunday's game, Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman suffered a dangerous-looking concussion.

From watching the game footage, it looked Dielman, while trying to push at the line during a Mike Tolbert run up the middle, slammed helmet-first into Calvin Pace. After the play was dead (and the Chargers had lost a yard), Dielman stumbled backwards around 15 yards before losing his footing and falling onto the field. Despite this, Dielman stayed in the game and didn't undergo testing until after the game ended.

However, according to ESPN, Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure on the Chargers' chartered flight back west. Dielman has yet to take the NFL's concussion test or be cleared to play and will likely miss at least two games. According to head coach Norv Turner, the Chargers handled the situation exactly as they should have:

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Giants' Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson was as tough as nails. He was the heart of the defense on the franchise's greatest team - the 1986 Super Bowl Champions - and no one has ever questioned his dedication and integrity. He is a class act all the way.

In his new book, Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker, Carson gives us the peaks and valleys of his illustrious career and the struggles he and others have had to endure in their post-football lives.

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All 32 owners voted unanimously in favor of new rules that will help re-define and re-emphasize illegal hits on defenseless receivers.

According to an article on NJ.com:

A 15-yard penalty will result for anyone who leaves both feet before contact to spring forward and upward into an opponent and delivers a blow to the helmet with any part of his helmet.

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Giants' TE Kevin Boss is one of several NFL players who was diagnosed with a concussion this week. His team and the NFL will not clear him to play until after he takes and passes a "battery of tests" because he has had prior concussions.

The NFL policy states: "Once removed for the duration of a practice or game, the player should not be considered for return-to-football activities until he is fully asymptomatic, both at rest and after exertion, has a normal neurological examination, normal neuropsychological testing and has been cleared to return by both his team physician(s) and the independent neurological consultant."

Is this just the NFL and the Giants being cautious?? Is their really any correlation to a concussion and prior history of concussions, and should they all be treated separately?

Tags: Injuries, Kevin Boss, New York Giants, NFL, NFL Concussions, NFLPA
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