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Every-down LBs A Rare Breed

Andre Tippett (Ken Levine/ALLSPORT)

LBs who play every down are becoming a very rare commodity in the new NFL

Three-down LBs more scarce as pass plays increase FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball. "Never." A slight exaggeration? Perhaps. What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England...

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