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Did the lockout save a life?

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) attempts

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) attempts to evade a tackle by New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson (71) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. Credit: AP Photo/LM Otero

It might have, according to this touching anecdote that appeared on last night. Tollefson spoke mostly football to us reporters and spoke about training at home in the sweltering heat of Omaha, but it sounds like he had an otherwise eventful summer.

Here's the gripping part of the story, copied and pasted:

His second son, Cade Harlan, was born six weeks premature on July 10. His wife, Megan, had a difficult pregnancy.

“She had placenta previa (a condition in which the cervix is covered) and hemorrhaged and I had to call 911. It was really scary,” he said. “Luckily, I was there. It’s kind of a blessing these guys were locked out and I was able to. If she had to get up to call, she could’ve bled to death. It was really scary. They saved her and the baby. She was in the hospital for about three weeks. Then, she hemorrhaged again. Then we had to do the emergency C-section.”

Mother and baby are both well now, which allowed Tollefson to think again about football. He flew in (Friday) and immediately went to the Timex Performance Center. Tollefson passed his physical (Saturday) morning and received an ovation when he walked into the defensive line meeting room.

“I feel like I’m a part of this family,” he said. “Everybody knows me, my wife, my kids.”

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