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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Edgerrin James turns 30 on Friday.
That's supposed to be a grim birthday for NFL running backs, given the pounding they take.
Not for James, the NFL's leading active rusher.
James says he doesn't think the cliche applies to him because he makes every practice and takes care of his body.
The 6-foot, 219-pound James has started all 32 games since he left the Indianapolis Colts to sign a four-year, $30 million contract with Arizona.
His durability isn't a question. But there are hints that Edge might be losing his edge as he prepares for his 10th NFL season.
In 2006, James averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry and gained 1,159 yards, his fewest in a full season. Last year, James averaged 3.8 yards per carry and gained 1,222 yards.
James rushed for more than 4.0 yards per carry in every season with Indianapolis except 2002, when he returned from reconstructive knee surgery and battled numerous other injuries.
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