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Injured brains, ‘iron butts,’ and international stars

By Bill Littlefield
Globe Correspondent / November 13, 2011

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In the third quarter of the Oct. 16 NFL game between Philadelphia and Washington, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went helmet to helmet with opposing safety LaRon Landry. When Vick got up, according to Brian Billick, who was broadcasting the game, Vick’s teammates had to hold “him up like a punch drunk boxer.” One of the Washington players, linebacker London Fletcher, told The Washington Post that Vick was “groggy, like he was about to fall down.” Five minutes and two seconds later, Vick returned to the Philadelphia lineup.

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