When the wheels come off RBs

Declines of Tomlinson, Portis -- even Turner -- feed notion that runners can be overused

Originally Published: October 27, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Many older readers probably recall a day years ago when their Little League manager gravely warned about throwing curveballs and sliders at age 12, suggesting in somber tones that an arm "only has so many pitches" in it.

Workhorses like Nolan Ryan debunked that cautionary warning, of course, rendering it nothing more than an old and unsubstantiated sports wag's tale.

In recent seasons, however, NFL running backs seem to be at least partially validating the hackneyed alarm, albeit it ...

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