NFL look­ing into high num­ber of lower ex­trem­ity in­juries

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Next to torn ACLs, the most time lost for in­jured NFL play­ers is due to ham­string and lower ex­trem­ity prob­lems, of which there are far more than the ma­jor knee is­sue.

So the NFL will place even more em­pha­sis on ex­am­in­ing ham­string, groin, foot, an­kle and other such in­juries, along with its heavy con­cen­tra­tion on the knee.

While re­duc­ing con­cus- sions re­mains the most crit­i­cal player safety ini­tia­tive – they were down 29 per­cent in 2018 – Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, this week stressed the need to tar­get the lower ex­trem­ity in­juries “the same was as with con­cus­sions.”

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Cow­boys: Dal­las signed safety Ge­orge Iloka, adding ex­pe­ri­ence at a po­si­tion that was a high pri­or­ity go­ing into the off­sea­son.

Buc­ca­neers: Tampa Bay added depth at quar­ter­back, sign­ing for­mer firstround draft pick Blaine Gab­bert.

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