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In a 2007 game against the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms took only two plays off after taking simultaneous brutal hits to his back and stomach. Apparently feeling well enough, Simms returned to the field to lead a scoring drive and finish the game. Afterwards, doctors discovered that Simms had ruptured his spleen and lost five pints of blood from internal bleeding. He underwent an emergency splenectomy to remove the damaged organ. Simms later learned he would have died within 45 minutes if had he not had surgery. He made a recovery, but he only played in three more NFL games.
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