Super Bowl XLVIII: Highlighting Biggest Medical Concerns and Questions

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Highlighting Biggest Medical Concerns and Questions
Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

All the hype is past. All the media is done. It's finally time to play Super Bowl XLVIII.

You won't see Steve Antonopulos on the podium or Donald Rich on the Jumbotron, but they and their staffs have been big reasons why their respective teams are there. (Quick, Broncos and Seahawks fans—could you name your athletic trainers?)

With two weeks off to heal up (and talk some smack), the teams should be as healthy as they've been all season. There are players left behind. Von Miller or Sidney Rice might change the outcome of the game for either team, but they're not here, along with several others.

The medical staffs have done their best to heal, rehab and prevent all season long, but only one of them will get a ring along with the rest of the team. They won't go to Disneyland. They won't get much TV time if things go well. For each and every one of them, their satisfaction is in seeing their players able to play at the best of their abilities, overcoming injuries.

This game will probably be decided on the field, as it should be. Of course, there are some injury questions heading into the big game, so let's take a look at the important ones.

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