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Observation Deck: Give Brooks a break

Yes, there was plenty of talk about the 10 or 12 plays Derrick Brooks missed in nickel formations. Yes, there was plenty of talk about his absence in the locker room on Sunday. But has it occurred to anyone that this new rotation may benefit the 34-year-old linebacker? Maybe it's time we gave Brooks an ACTUAL rest.

One of the things everyone likes about Derrick Brooks is his stand-up nature. So when the veteran Buccaneers linebacker wasn't in the locker room to face the media after Sunday's victory over New Orleans, everyone did a double take. And then when you consider that Brooks left the field for 10 to 12 plays in nickel situations — something he never does — in deference to Cato June, well, you put...

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