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NFL Athletes with Sickle Cell at Risk in Denver

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman had concerns about playing Denver on the road at Mile High Stadium Sunday because he carries the sickle cell trait. "With my sickle cell, I have no idea if I'll play there," Coleman said. "I really don't know how I'll feel or how it will be like. I've never been to Denver." The sickle cell trait, a genetic abnormality affecting red blood cells, is worsened at high altitudes such as Denver, sometimes causing severe dehydration or breathing difficulties.
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