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    Default Ryan Clark: Say No to Denver

    Please stay home. The defense can take care of Orton and the Broncos without you. Your health and career isn't worth risking over 1 game.
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    Default Re: Ryan Clark: Say No to Denver

    Agreed.

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    Default Re: Ryan Clark: Say No to Denver

    He shouldn't even be allowed to make a stupid decision on this.

    The FO should make it.

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    Why do you guys think its so stupid? With proper oxygenation he should be fine...seriously. The sickle-cell becomes an issue when there isn't proper oxygen in the blood. He should be forced to have oxygen on while he sleeps, before the game, and 100% of the time he's on the sidelines...then he should be able to be fine. Seriously.
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    For those who do not know what we are talking about an article on Clark:
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    Clark had disorder from Denver altitude
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    PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark isn't injured, yet he isn't sure if he can play in the team's next game Nov. 9 at Denver.

    Clark didn't play the rest of the 2007 season after becoming ill following an Oct. 21 game in Denver. He was hospitalized overnight in Denver, and his condition worsened after he returned to Pittsburgh.

    Clark's spleen and gall bladder eventually were removed, and he lost more than 30 pounds before finally regaining his strength about three months later. Doctors told him his sickle-cell trait was aggravated by the high altitude in Denver and caused a serious blood disorder.

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    Clark plans to accompany the Steelers to Denver for the Monday night game, but isn't certain if he will be in uniform. He plans to talk to doctors during the Steelers' bye week and again next week, if necessary.

    "We'll figure it out. We haven't figured it out yet," Clark said. "We don't know yet."

    Clark also had problems playing in Denver while he was with the Redskins in 2005. He was diagnosed then with a bruised spleen, but the severity of his condition wasn't known until he played again in Denver.

    Since returning last season, Clark has missed only two games and has not experienced a relapse of his problem, which caused blood vessels to burst and his spleen to become infected before it was removed in mid-November 2007. His gall bladder was taken out a few weeks after that, and his weight dropped from 205 pounds to about 175.

    Clark couldn't resume working out and trying to get back into playing condition until January 2008 after the season ended.


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    Clark said previously he wouldn't play in Denver again unless he was certain there would be no medical problems if he did. He has undergone extensive testing during the last two years, receives six injections a year and treats any infection carefully.

    During training camp this summer, Clark joked he might suit up because "there's nothing left they can take out of me" if he goes ahead and plays.

    After Clark came back last season, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said, "It's pretty much a miracle he's out there."

    Last year, Clark said the Steelers' medical staff initially questioned not long after that game in Denver why he wasn't playing. It wasn't until he received a second opinion from a different physician that his condition was properly diagnosed and treated.


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    Don't do it!!!
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    Why do you guys think its so stupid? With proper oxygenation he should be fine...seriously. The sickle-cell becomes an issue when there isn't proper oxygen in the blood. He should be forced to have oxygen on while he sleeps, before the game, and 100% of the time he's on the sidelines...then he should be able to be fine. Seriously.
    That's pretty cavalier.

    Just sayin....

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    It's a good opportunity for Mundy and Carter to get some PT!

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    I will enjoy the game more....if he doesn't play........... as compared to if he does play. And win or lose.....I will feel better about it if he doesn't play.

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    We have two weeks to scheme against KYLE ****ING ORTON...I think we'll roll without Clark

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    That's pretty cavalier.

    Just sayin....
    Dude, he has sickle-cell...which the #1 problem with is caused by sickle-cell anemia which is a lack of oxygen in the blood.

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    Sickle-cell anaemia is caused by a point mutation in the β-globin chain of haemoglobin, causing the amino acid glutamic acid to be replaced with the hydrophobic amino acid valine at the sixth position. The β-globin gene is found on the short arm of chromosome 11. The association of two wild-type α-globin subunits with two mutant β-globin subunits forms haemoglobin S (HbS). [HIGH-LIGHT]Under low-oxygen conditions (being at high altitude, for example), the absence of a polar amino acid at position six of the β-globin chain promotes the non-covalent polymerisation (aggregation) of haemoglobin, which distorts red blood cells into a sickle shape and decreases their elasticity.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    The loss of red blood cell elasticity is central to the pathophysiology of sickle-cell disease. Normal red blood cells are quite elastic, which allows the cells to deform to pass through capillaries.[HIGH-LIGHT] In sickle-cell disease, low-oxygen tension promotes red blood cell sickling and repeated episodes of sickling damage the cell membrane and decrease the cell's elasticity.[/HIGH-LIGHT] These cells fail to return to normal shape when normal oxygen tension is restored. As a consequence, these rigid blood cells are unable to deform as they pass through narrow capillaries, leading to vessel occlusion and ischaemia.

    The actual anemia of the illness is caused by hemolysis, the destruction of the red cells inside the spleen, because of their misshape. Although the bone marrow attempts to compensate by creating new red cells, it does not match the rate of destruction.[18] Healthy red blood cells typically live 90-120 days, but sickle cells only survive 1020 days
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    Honestly, I think that oxygenation and the use of a hyberbaric chamber for the short amount of time he'll be there should be just fine.The point is to eliminate the chance for the cells to get oxygen-deprived.
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    Dont get me wrong, though, if he decides not to play I am not going to think ANY less of him. Nor, do I think he should be pressured to play. If its something he doesn't want to do then fine...and if he WANTS to play...FORCE him to take the proper precautions...oxygen tank all night as well as every minute he's not on the field.
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    Running around on the field will more than use up the oxygen he is taking in when he is on the sidelines. The risk is too high, imo, for Clark to go to Denver.
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    He has Dr.s telling him he shouldn't even go to Denver, let alone play.

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    He has Dr.s telling him he shouldn't even go to Denver, let alone play.
    It depends on the view of course. There are scholars at Harvard who would probably say he shouldn't even be playing football period.
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