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  • adj. belonging to the third string of a team; one who plays behind the first and second strings.
  • adj. a substitute or replacement.


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  • Moments after he called the third-string offense and defense onto the field -- which, he stressed, was for three plays only because of time constraints -- Reid walked toward the line of scrimmage and held everything up for a few precious seconds.

  • Cal Sport Media/Zuma Press Greg McElroy Another Jets player railed against the team's splintered locker room Wednesday, when Greg McElroy, a third-string rookie quarterback, took the club to task for what he called its selfishness.

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  • "I'll just tell you this, the one thing I know about Jay Cutler is he's tough," said third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie, who led a late comeback bid.

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  • Getty Images Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos If this sounds familiar, it's because his career arc so far mimics Tebow's, from the unlikely fascination (Lin is the first American-born Chinese or Taiwanese player) through the rock-bottom point (Tebow was third-string at the start of this season) to the freakish success (Tebow won seven of his first eight games as Denver's starter).

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  • And in perhaps the starkest contrast possible, they'll be replacing him with a third-string, undrafted rookie out of Arizona, Colin Baxter, who's been on the team for a little over two weeks.

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  • They faced third-string quarterbacks in wins over Miami, Detroit and Minnesota after Brett Favre left with a concussion.

    Chicago Bears Prepare For Battle Against Seattle

  • QB Trey Burton — With former third-string quarterback Jordan Reed now at tight end, Burton will get plenty of reps behind first-year starter John Brantley.

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  • FREE AGENT FOCUS: G Anthony Carter (unrestricted) says he wants to return on another one-year minimum deal, but it remains to be seen if the Nuggets will want to give guaranteed money to a third-string point guard who will be 35.

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  • Oh yeah, the guy with 11 career receptions resulting in 11 touchdowns (including playoffs) — he's also our third-string tight end.

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  • But, again, our franchise quarterback [Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 draft] has played less this year than our third-string quarterback.

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