Finale has the feel of preseason

Despite NFL's efforts, many starters will sit -- out of caution or necessity

Originally Published: December 30, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Once again, the NFL season closes with the feel of the preseason.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is thinking about resting a banged-up Mark Sanchez. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may rest his banged-up legs. With nine of the 12 playoff spots clinched, some quarterbacks might be pulled once those playoff teams get into the second half.

A year ago, commissioner Roger Goodell expressed serious concern about playoff teams benching numerous starters to save them for the playoffs. ...

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