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Polamalu: I've lied about concussions

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Polamalu: I've lied about concussions

Anyone who has watched him knows that Troy Polamalu loves to be on the football field.

Whether its wreaking havoc on the Ravens or some other team, the Steelers All-Pro safety has been a force since he broke into the league as a rookie in 2003.

Now we have a better idea about just how much he loves to play.

Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Polamalu said he has lied about concussions so he could either remain in, or get back into, a game.

Polamalu said he has had eight or nine recorded concussions.

When pressed on the issue, Polamalu said that if the idea of getting your bell rung is a concussion (and he said he thinks it is not), I would say any football player at least records at least maybe 50 to 100 concussions a year.

Theres so much built up about team camaraderie and sacrifice and football is such a tough mans game, he added. I think thats why its so popular. Thats why so many blue collar communities and people can really feel attracted to this because it is sort of a blue collar struggle that football players go through.

Polamalu did point out, though, that he hasnt always tried to talk his way back onto the field, but mainly because at times it was out of his control.

There are concussions, he said, where if its serious enough, you cant even be conscious enough to lie.

The NFL is facing a wave of concussion-related lawsuits from former players who say the league knew that multiple concussions could lead to brain damage but hid that information from players.

Polamalu didnt address that issue specifically, but did sound as if the physical nature of the game was one of the occupational hazards.

It's that commitment you need to play football, he said. You feel sore, you feel beat up, you're injured, you're legitimately injured, most people may take three months out of work in an office, we choose to play the following week."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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