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Urlacher will play with Toradol risks

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Urlacher will play with Toradol risks

The reason an NFL player uses Toradol is simple:

Its something that makes you feel like Superman for three hours, said former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry, who broke down into tears thinking about his children during a Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel segment Tuesday night.

Andrea Kremer, a top NFL reporter for many years, took a deep look at the drug used to make the pain of the game bearable. The results were sobering.

Brian Urlacher has taken Toradol shots throughout his career and said he was not aware of some of the health risks. When he was informed of them, however, Urlacher was direct:

Even now knowing the risks, I would still take the Toradol shot, Urlacher said. And I probably will.

Toradol is a legal pain-killer and is what a long list of NFL players need to play. But they are playing with some extreme risk.

I think theyre playing Russian roulette, said a former Seattle Seahawks team physician who believes that Toradol ultimately puts internal organs at risk.

Urlacher also said he would not say during a game that he had a concussion, that he would say it was his knee or toe or something else."

We love football and want to be on the football field as much as possible, Urlacher stated.

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

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NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will. 

The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season

Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say

Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.

Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!