Either of the two defensive players positioned at the end of the players who are linemen.
- In its basic formation, the defense crowds the line of scrimmage with six players: a nose tackle, two defensive ends, two linebackers and a rush end.
- Premier cornerbacks and defensive ends are too valuable to cut loose, even when injuries are a concern.
- Even there, however, some players - usually defensive ends - get the chance to show off their ability to mash an opponent.
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