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The night before the 2009 NFL draft, a text flashed across Matthew Stafford’s cell phone. It was Mark Sanchez, who was holed up with some friends at a dive bar in Manhattan. Sanchez wanted Stafford and his crowd to join them.
The NFL’s regular-season receiving yards leader has missed both practices this week and said that he’s on the same practice schedule he was last week.
“This time of the year, I’m just trying to stay healthy,” Johnson said. “Because it’s a big game, and I’m just trying to stay right.”
When pro football fans these days think of NFL teams in Houston, Denver, Detroit and San Francisco, they rarely think, in the immortal screech of Jim Mora, “Playoffs?!” After wandering in the playoff desert for a combined 37 seasons, those franchises are eager to quench their fans’ postseason thirst.
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