A sampling of what NFL players told the AP about injuries

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Posted: Jan 31, 2016 9:57 AM
A sampling of what NFL players told the AP about injuries

A sampling of the responses from 100 NFL players surveyed by The Associated Press about injuries:

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"Everybody that plays this game knows that there's a chance that you could go out there and this could be your last game. I think everybody's conscious of that, but nobody wants to worry themselves about it while they're playing." — Jacksonville Jaguars safety Josh Evans.

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"This is a rough game but I don't think about those things. I just enjoy it." — New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell.

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"On offense, they don't really dictate how hard they get hit, but I'm a defensive player, so I dictate how hard I hit the person across from me. Of course I'm not just going to go dive headfirst and try to injure myself. You've got different people who think differently. When I go to tackle a person, I understand that he has a family. (But) you've got some crazy horses out there. I've played with some people that are like, 'I don't care if you get up after the play.'" — Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton.

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"I don't believe the NFL has your best interest in mind. ... I've observed that not all 32 teams work in the same manner." — Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith.

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"It's a ton better than it's ever been, but I think there's still some times certain things aren't fully disclosed, as far as: Maybe it's something you can play through, but the reality is it's going to make you a lot worse after the season." — Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth.

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"I know some organizations definitely do what's best for the team. Some teams try to rush you to get back to the field." — Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon.

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"They're overprotective, if anything." — Rams tight end Lance Kendricks.

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"I've got hips, back, shoulders, neck. That's going way before my head's going to go." — San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle.

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"Concussions is what I worry about the most, because it's happening every Sunday, really." — New Orleans Saints special teams player Brian Dixon.

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