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Jermichael Finley fears for Rob Gronkowski and his safety. Their connection goes beyond the shared position of tight end. More importantly, it's the repeated concussions each man has suffered that have Finley, the former Green Bay Packer, openly expressing his belief that the New England Patriots star should sit out Sunday's Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. "Him playing this week, I don't think it's enough time," Finley told the Pioneer Press. "Two weeks is not enough time for the brain to heal. If it was my opinion, I wouldn't (play)."
ST. PAUL—There was "Concussion," the critically acclaimed 2015 film about Dr. Bennet Omalu and his groundbreaking research linking football brain injuries to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Then there was the class-action lawsuit by former NFL players, followed by the billion-dollar settlement.
ST. PAUL—Awkward dance moves aside, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie knows what it takes to stage a first-rate production. Not just on the football field but on the back lots of Hollywood as well. A scion of the General Cinemas family who went on to found Chestnut Hill Productions in 1985, Lurie had a hand from 1988-96 in such films as "Sweet Hearts Dance," "I Love You to Death," "V.I. Warshawski" (with Kathleen Turner) and "Foxfire" (with a young Angelina Jolie).
MINNEAPOLIS — Like a golfer who never can seem to sync up his woods and his irons, switch-hitting Kennys Vargas must recalibrate one of his swings on a daily basis.
DENVER — Consider this weekend a trial run for the wave of emotions Justin Morneau will experience Monday night at Target Field.