Now let’s not be foolish.
There is a difference between being hurt and being injured.
When a player suspects an injury and informs the coaches, we immediately refer him to the trainer for evaluation. The trainer makes an immediate evaluation and will hold the player out of competition if required. The trainer will also follow up to re-evaluate prior to subsequent practices if warranted.
If a player is injured, he should not play. I hope that is very clear. Nobody expects a player to play with a broken leg. Though I feel it’s important to know that Jack Youngblood played with a broken leg for multiple playoff games, and Emmit Smith played with a broken hand and a separated shoulder. Even our own Ryan Veillette played both ways with two broken hands in leading us to the Super Bowl in 2007. The following year Tim Gaylord played an entire second half of a pivotal game on a severely sprained ankle, again helping us make the playoffs and a second Super Bowl. However, those are amazing feats that we do not expect our players to emulate. If a player is injured he should not play. We refer those players who suspect an injury to the trainer who has the expertise to make an evaluation of injured or hurt.
On the other hand, football players constantly deal with pain. Constantly. The key is to be aware that not all pain is injury. Football players are expected to tolerate pain. Such mental toughness is developed in football and in other sports (even ballet). This is not a concept. It’s a reality.
I just want you to know what is possible.