Sport: Scientifically Dirty

More than ever before, this season professional football needs its rookies to fill up its ranks. Injuries are ripping through rosters so steadily that sports pages read like medical reports. Even sanguine Coach Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers admits: "These days, we're happy to get out of games with our lives."

By week's end the hospital squad included some of the game's best box-office draws. New York Giant Runner Tucker Frederickson was out with torn ligaments in his right knee. Having just recovered from a similar injury to his left knee, he...

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