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The Pittsburgh Steelers played into the 13th week of the 2016 National Football League season before even one of their players showed up on the injury report with a concussion. That’s more than 720 minutes of 11 players on each side of the ball engaging in periodic collisions — plus special teamers colliding at high speeds — and no one had to miss a game because of a head injury until the team made a Dec. 11 visit to Buffalo.

“I wasn’t even trying to cross-check him with a serious amount of force. A collision was gonna happen there, in the crease. When the play first starts, I think my stick’s at about his arm level, probably. Right about where the numbers are on the side of his jersey. Because he’s trying to make a play, he’s getting lower and lower, because he’s getting pressured trying to score. So the collision happened.”

Crosby, who was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy earlier Monday, has lost dozens of games in his otherwise remarkable career due to post-concussion syndrome in 2011 and two fractured vertebrae in his neck in 2012.

His latest concussion scare cost him the first six games of this past season. It was the third official concussion diagnosis of his career.

The injury-plagued Penguins were already without top defenseman Kris Letang and starting goalie Matt Murray before the series. Top-line forward Patric Hornqvist, winger Carl Hagelin and defenseman Brian Dumoulin all played in Game 3 but were game-time decisions, likely suiting up far less than 100 percent.

Though he’s had somewhat of a mercurial past, leaving the Predators for the KHL while in the middle of a contract years ago, Radulov is a world-class talent. He won the KHL’s most valuable Good Quality Cheap Jerseys player award three years running and four times overall before returning to the NHL last season Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys with the Canadiens, scoring 18 goals and 54 points.

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