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Position's physical demands taking toll on players

The safety position has definitely been an unsafe place, an area where guys have been getting hurt at an alarming rate this season.

Updated: October 28, 2005, 6:18 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Generally, it isn't safe being a safety. Safeties are asked to be the last line of defense against big pass and run plays. Coaches increasingly ask safeties to play near the line of scrimmage and perform like linebackers.

This season, especially, safeties are going down with injuries at a rapid pace. Eight are already out for the season -- Rodney Harrison and Guss Scott of the Patriots, Donovin Darius of the Jaguars, Tebucky Jones of the Dolphins, Kim Herring of the Bengals, Colin Branch ...

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