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SBD/September 6, 2013/NFL Season Preview
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Published September 6, 2013
PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN: In Houston, David Barron noted FS Southwest reporter Patti Smith will "be playing hurt Monday night in San Diego as she helps host the network’s Texans pre- and postgame shows." Smith suffered a torn ACL in her left knee Aug. 24 in "an accident involving an equipment cart at Reliant Stadium." She worked during the Saints-Texans game the following day and "has continued on the job since the accident." Since post-surgical patients "face travel restrictions, she will not undergo surgery until next Thursday." Smith said that she "was riding on an equipment cart when a piece of gear on the back of the cart hit an awning on Budweiser Plaza at the stadium." Smith: "A pole hit the overhang, which flipped me off the cart. I did a flip in the air, landed on my head and suffered a torn ACL" (CHRON.com, 9/5).
SUPER-SIZE ME: In N.Y., David Hinckley reported WNYW-Fox sportscaster Russ Salzberg is scheduled to "launch a Super Bowl countdown show" on Friday. The weekly half-hour show will run from 10:30-11:00pm ET and is called "Super Football Friday." It will cover "the full gamut of Super Bowl prep, and give viewers plenty of time to digest it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/5).
DA BEARS: ChicagoBears.com's "Training Camp Central" coverage was highlighted by 237 new pieces of content across its digital platforms from July 24-Aug. 18, including 104 videos that were viewed approximately 2 million times. The site saw a 17% increase in unique visitors compared to the same period in '12, as well as a 21% gain in page views (Bears).