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Says Westbrook, "The front office is always telling you how the game is a business and it is. For us our bodies are our business. If you don't run that business right, it will crumble."
Jones says he has trained harder each off-season to keep up with advancing age. The Ravens' Willis McGahee, 28, who came into the league seven years ago with a shredded knee, has eliminated beef from his diet. "Because if you lose half a step at my position," he says, "you're looking for another career."
At the side of a practice field in upstate New York, Bills fifth-year running back Fred Jackson smacked his shoulder pads. "Equipment changes every year," he said. "They've got pads inside of pads now. They've got futuristic helmets if you're concussion-prone. It can add to the length of your career, which is good, because teams feel like they can replace running backs. We're recyclable." That word made him laugh. Recyclable.
C.J. Spiller, rookie, Bills
• "My body feels good," Spiller says. "Never had surgery. The good Lord upstairs has taken care of me. I want to do this for as long as I can."
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