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When the Game Goes Dark
When the Game Goes Dark
Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen thought he had his bell rung against the Bills in Week 15 last season. He played through the injury and double vision, but two days later found out he’d suffered a stroke on the field. A dead spot in his brain means he’ll never play football again
By Robert Klemko
Deep Dive
Time for a New Approach in Pittsburgh?
Time for a New Approach in Pittsburgh?
The Steelers, winners of two Super Bowls in the ’00s, have long had the perfect draft model: patience with young players. But after missing the playoffs in ’12 and ’13, Pittsburgh has many holes and might need to start relying on rookies
By Andy Benoit
Open Field
Video: The Hit That Ended My Career
Video: The Hit That Ended My Career
Former Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen and his wife, Ali, talk about the incident that caused his stroke
On Further Review
What to do at No. 2?
What to do at No. 2?
The Rams will have a tough choice May 8. Should they take the best defensive player on the board (possibly Jadeveon Clowney) or boost the offense with Sammy Watkins or a top tackle? Our unsolicited advice for St. Louis, plus mail
By Peter King
Monday Morning Quarterback
The ‘Torturous’ 2014 Draft
The ‘Torturous’ 2014 Draft
That description—courtesy of an NFL head coach, on the process of evaluating this year’s QB prospects—also fits the interminable walkup to the league’s pushed-back May draft. With two weeks to go, here’s what we think we know
By Peter King
Weekend Notes
The Strength of Birds
The Strength of Birds
The Cardinals shook up their strength and conditioning staff in the offseason, bringing in a mad scientist and an Olympic gold medalist hurdler to recondition the team. Plus, Johnny Manziel, San Francisco suspension chatter and more
By Greg A. Bedard
Muscle and Medicine
If You Give a Mouse a Concussion . . .
If You Give a Mouse a Concussion . . .
Using a novel technique to peer through the skulls of living mice, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland are observing concussed brains in real time, transforming ideas of what happens at the molecular level and pointing the way to possible treatment for mild brain trauma
By Robert Klemko
Deep Dive
Crash Landing for New Jet
Crash Landing for New Jet
After two weeks on the market, ex-Titan Chris Johnson has a new team: the Jets. What can New York expect from the running back with six straight 1,000-yard seasons? Definitely not the superstar CJ2K had been in Tennessee
By Andy Benoit
Open Field
They Complete Us
They Complete Us
Football movies may not always get the action right, but the best offer a realistic glimpse into a fascinating world—or let us live out a fantasy. These are The MMQB staff’s favorites. Yours? Let us know in the comments section
Business of Football
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
The Kevin Costner movie had unprecedented access to capture the inner workings of the NFL draft and how front office executives go about their business. I lived that life for a decade—here’s what Hollywood got right and wrong
By Andrew Brandt