Each Monday in the fall, Gary Pinkel begins his address to reporters with an injury report, an itemized list of his sore and swollen players. They are separated into piles like laundry — probable, questionable, doubtful, out — and then everyone moves on to the next item on the agenda. Our knowledge of the location and function of ligaments and tendons is owed almost entirely to our love of football, which has a way of chewing up those body parts and turning a traumatic injury for the player into a mundane news item for everyone else. Coaches, by necessity, learn to move 'em over and move 'em up, as Pinkel likes to say.
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