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Veteran Status Affords Richard Seymour A Week Off

It’s good to be King Richard. Just ask Seymour about that.

Normally when a player misses an entire week of practice leading up to the ever important third game of the preseason it means injury which likely also means missing said game. However when it’s Richard Seymour, a perennial Pro Bowl selection and future Hall of Famer, a week off between preseason games is just that and nothing more. Seymour will be in action on Saturday despite his week-long absence.

Though his sore knees will be cited as the reason why Seymour was out of action the real reason relates more to his NFL seniority. Not even Dennis Allen can spin that any other way.

“It’s not an injury. He’s an older veteran guy and his knees get a little sore, so we try to rest him to make sure we get him ready to play. When a guy gets more age on him, you have to be careful as far as how much you use him. The deal is we have to get him enough work to get him ready to play, but yet have him ready to play so we can have him for a full 16 games this year.”

Again, it’s good to be the King. Especially when that king as a rookie head coach that doesn’t want to rock the boat.

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