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Pick your poison. Players trying to stay in the league as long as they can will often choose the present over their future health.

“I’d rather get hit up high and be dizzy for a play than get hit low and be out for a whole season,” Goldson said.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament on a direct hit to the knee three weeks ago, was the latest star who went down from a low hit. Evidence of an increase in lower-body injuries from the recent concussion crackdown is inconclusive. But in this fast-paced, physically punishing sport, there may not be a perfect solution.

“Guys are trying to adjust the best they can,” Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said. “You try to figure out what you can do legally, but at the end of the day guys don’t think about it. You’re just trying to get the guy on the ground and deal with the consequences after.”

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AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Dennis Waszak Jr., and Bernie Wilson contributed to this report.

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