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January 29, 2014

Welker, Harvin and the pain of football

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Harvin didn’t take well to the thought he might be on the sidelines, either.

“I’ve had good practices, and I have full confidence in my game,” he said. “Once I am out there on that field, I only know one speed and that’s full force.”

That’s the kind of talk you expect from football players, who are for the most part are tough guys in a brutal sport. They dismiss the thought of injury or brain damage the same way they’ve scoffed off talk of the cold in the Meadowlands, and they’ll fly around the field Sunday at the Meadowlands with little regard to their own personal safety.

Like everyone who plays the game, they know in the back of their heads that every play could be their last.

But they don’t allow themselves to think that they might be one of those who ultimately pay the price.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.

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