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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; POSTED 9:07 a.m. EDT; LAST UPDATED 10:26 p.m. EDT, September 25, 2007 KICK RETURNS GETTING MORE HAZARDOUS Through three weeks of the 2007 NFL season, there have been four serious neck injuries during kick returns. Four. In three weeks. Two ...

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Old 09-26-2007, 08:23 AM   #1
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Kick Returns Getting More Hazardous

POSTED 9:07 a.m. EDT; LAST UPDATED 10:26 p.m. EDT, September 25, 2007
KICK RETURNS GETTING MORE HAZARDOUS
Through three weeks of the 2007 NFL season, there have been four serious neck injuries during kick returns.
Four. In three weeks.
Two of them were well publicized. In Week One, Kevin Everett of the Bills fractured his C-3 and C-4 veterbrae. In Week Three, Cedric Killings of the Texans suffered a fracture of the C-4 vertebra in his neck.
The other two have not received much attention. And they happened on the same play.
Per a league source, Packers guard Tony Palmer and Giants defensive end Adrian Awasom collided during a kick return in Week Two. Palmer's injury was reported as a "small-bone fracture in his neck," and Awasom's was dubbed a "fractured transverse process."
The source tells us that both men actually broke the C-4 facet bone (whatever that means) during their violent collision.
Palmer and Awasom never lost feeling in their extremities, but we're told that they both were millimeters away from an outcome like Everett's.
What is it with kick returns and neck injuries? Part of the problem is that the players generate maximum momentum as the coverage unit roars down the field. So when the &nbsplayers come together and instinctively dip their helmets just before collision, they ultimately are placing maximum pressure on the most delicate of regions in this bodies, and putting their lives in peril.

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Old 09-26-2007, 10:51 AM   #2
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Never crossed my mind. Something to strongly think about.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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The problem is the size of these new players. Anything that big moving that fast, is bound to end up with bad results.
Agreed. Bigger, stronger, faster... These guys are already pushing the limits of what a human being can physically do - and yet they continue to advance. Bigger, stronger, faster.

These types of injuries will become more and more commonplace as time continues.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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All athletes are darn near engineered. For example: my daughter is a tournement softball player and everything we do revolves around making her stronger, faster and mentally faster.

These football players are not your normal humans, and we are forcing them to be more than human.
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The problem is guys leading with their helmets to tackle.
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