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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Staying healthy edition


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

It's not too hard to cull the primary goal of all four NFC North teams in Thursday night's preseason finales: Stay healthy.

Take this history lesson from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press: The last two times the Detroit Lions visited Buffalo for their preseason finale, as they will tonight, a significant injury occurred.

In 2003, starting tailback James Stewart separated his right shoulder and never played for the Lions again. In 2005, meanwhile, quarterback Jeff Garcia fractured his left fibula and sprained his ankle. He missed the next five games and wasn't very effective upon his return.

Those kind of horror stories will compel all four division coaches to limit starters to a series or two, at best, Thursday night. Most teams have a pretty good idea about their rosters and have only a few, if any, decisions remaining.

Continuing around the NFC North: