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NFL's mixed messages

League needs more effective PED policy, true assessment of physical toll

Updated: December 6, 2012, 5:23 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

The lines delineating the NFL's greatest battleground can be seen through the eyes of the children, earnest and in high definition, during every broadcast, every Sunday, all of them pawns. There is the little black girl in the purple Sunday dress endearingly interviewing Ray Lewis. There is the grateful sandy-blond boy with his mom in front of the minivan thanking his local coaches for making football safe and important. There's the kid with the bowl cut, limbering his arm, talking precocious ...

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