Shutdown Corner - NFL

It seems to happen at least once during every NFL game. A player goes down with an injury and then, five minutes later, a sideline reporter informs viewers that said player has been taken in for X-rays. It happened to at least a dozen players yesterday, a list headlined by Eagles RB Brian Westbrook (his were negative). But some of you have wanted to know, just where is it that these players are taken for the X-rays? Well, friends, you've come to the right place, as today Shutdown Corner's Investigative Unit tackles the mystery of the heretofore unexplained X-ray room.

You might figure that with the revenues of many NFL teams surpassing the $100 million mark, an X-ray room in a new stadium would be a sparkling expanse filled with the newest in medical technology and staffed by a team of doctors with degrees from Harvard on their walls and Rolexes on their wrists. It doesn't sound too far-fetched to expect that, as you'd think owners would spare no expense to protect the players in which they invest millions.

However, as discovered by official Redskins blogger Matt Terl (yes, the Redskins have an official blogger), the FedEx Field X-ray room is essentially a broom closet with an old-school X-ray machine parked inside. It's manned by two lab techs who take the X-rays and then, presumably, give them to a doctor to be read. 

We're not quite sure what we were expecting the X-ray room to be like, but it certainly didn't involve cinder blocks and a two-inch think cot. Pop a few anti-smoking pictures on the wall and the Redskins X-ray room could be an elementary school infirmary. Shoot, if Michael Vick ever makes it back to the NFL and has to go to the x-ray room, the thin bed, stiff pillow and concrete wall are liable to give him flashbacks to Leavenworth.

The SCIU broke its arm in kindergarten and we're pretty sure the X-ray room was nicer then than the Redskins one is now. Thanks to The Redskins Blog's Matt Terl for the info and the picture.

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