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Pop-ups on NFL sidelines mean quick medical treatment

NEW YORK (AP) — A player gets hurt on the field, walks or is helped to the sideline, and then goes camping?

Not exactly. Those blue tents fans see popping up near the bench area at NFL games are for medical purposes only.

And get this: The pro game, which rarely copies anything from the college brand of the sport, borrowed the idea from those colleges. Most specifically, Alabama.

This year, the NFL mandated the tents on every sideline at every stadium. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's recent hire as chief medical officer, had experience with them while working SEC games.

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Poll Release: Oct 17
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Philadelphia Eagles (5)5-13763
2Kansas City Chiefs (6)5-13731
3New England Patriots (1)4-23547
4Pittsburgh Steelers4-234510
5Carolina Panthers4-23165
6Minnesota Vikings4-231412
7Seattle Seahawks3-23018
8Los Angeles Rams4-229211
9Atlanta Falcons3-22864
10Denver Broncos3-22646
11Green Bay Packers4-22602
12Washington Redskins3-224715
13Houston Texans3-324218
14New Orleans Saints3-223421
15Buffalo Bills3-222414
16Detroit Lions3-32079
17Dallas Cowboys2-318116
18Jacksonville Jaguars3-317913
19Miami Dolphins3-215825
20Tennessee Titans3-315124
21Arizona Cardinals3-314726
22New York Jets3-314322
23Baltimore Ravens3-313317
24Oakland Raiders2-410920
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-310819
25Cincinnati Bengals2-310823
27Los Angeles Chargers2-49328
28New York Giants1-56030
29Chicago Bears2-45529
30Indianapolis Colts2-44027
31San Francisco 49ers0-62431
32Cleveland Browns0-61232