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Rib fractures

Rib fractures are common in football players, as are rib cartilage injuries. A rib cartilage sprain can be considered as a less severe form of fracture.

They are extremely painful injuries, but ones which teams will often attempt to hide in an effort to keep a player on the field. Darren Lockyer of the Brisbane Broncos sustained a rib cartilage injury in 2010 and missed several games.
Darren Lockyer Rib Injury
Darren Lockyer playing for the Brisbane Broncos
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