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Taylor's surgery saved his NFL career

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Washington defensive end Jason Taylor likely saved his football career by undergoing surgery on his injured left calf.

The NFL star told the Washington Post he decided to have the surgery when well-known orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. told him he agreed with other opinions, including Washington trainer Bubba Tyer, about the need for the career-saving procedure.

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"He told me get off the phone with him and lay down so they can do it because it needed to be done right away," Taylor, 34, told the newspaper Thursday.

The procedure, performed Monday at an Arlington, Va. hospital, will cause Taylor to miss Sunday's key AFC East contest at Dallas, and will end his playing streak at 133 consecutive regular season games.

Taylor's calf was kicked in last Sunday's game against Arizona.

It is his second significant injury since Washington acquired the 12-year veteran in a trade with Miami in late July.

The pass-rushing specialist suffered a sprained right knee in a preseason game.

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