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CINCINNATI - His locker isn't in the same place. He even lost his old, recognizable jersey number to a free agent who joined the team last spring, during a time he wasn't sure if he'd ever be able to play football again.
Chris Crocker, 32 years young, is back with the Cincinnati Bengals. He's back in the starting lineup, too, and if Crocker and the Bengals can win Sunday in Pittsburgh's Heinz Field -- a place he's won all of once during his 10-year NFL career -- they'll go back to the playoffs.
That's more than enough to make an old man like Crocker smile.
He's a longtime NFL player. A survivor. To the young players who occupy the lockers immediately to Crocker's left and right, he's a grizzled old man, a source of wisdom and a guy they count on to make plays from his safety spot each Sunday.
"My football eulogy has been written a few times," Crocker said. "It just hasn't been published yet."
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