NFL: More con­cus­sions are self-re­ported

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - SPORTS -

The Na­tional Foot­ball Leagues’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer says more than a third of concussion eval­u­a­tions so far this sea­son are a re­sult of play­ers in­di­cat­ing they have symp­toms, a much higher per­cent­age than last sea­son.

Allen Sills said in a con­fer­ence call with re­porters Tues­day that “about 37%” of the 379 concussion eval­u­a­tions dur­ing the pre­sea­son and reg­u­lar sea­son have been “ini­ti­ated by a self-re­port.” Sills said it was about 20 to 22% a year ago.

He called that in­crease “a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment.”

Sills also said the rules for check­ing for a concussion were fol­lowed prop­erly for In­di­anapo­lis Colts quar­ter­back Ja­coby Bris­sett on Sun­day, when he was al­lowed to re­turn to a game af­ter a hit to the head. Af­ter the game, it was de­ter­mined he did have concussion symp­toms.

NFL spokesman Joe Lock­hart said on the call that the league and the play­ers’ union are still re­view­ing whether the Seat­tle Sea­hawks prop­erly fol­lowed concussion pro­to­cols with quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son on Thurs­day night.

Sills also said data from the last five years shows that the in­jury rate per game “is ac­tu­ally lower” for Thurs­days than games played on other days of the week.

Some NFL play­ers think the league should get rid of short work weeks be­cause they are detri­men­tal to their health and safety.

Browns lose Collins: Cleve­land Browns line­backer Jamie Collins was placed on in­jured reserve af­ter suf­fer­ing a sea­so­nend­ing knee in­jury.

Collins tore the MCL in his right knee while re­turn­ing an in­ter­cep­tion in the first quar­ter of Sun­day’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

The 27-year-old for­mer Pro Bowl se­lec­tion is one of the Browns’ best play­ers and they’ll have to try to get their first win with­out him.

Collins signed a fouryear, $50 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion with Cleve­land dur­ing the off-sea­son. How­ever, he played in only six games this year, miss­ing three games with a concussion be­fore hurt­ing his knee.

Ab­bred­eris gets re­leased: For­mer Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin and Green Bay Pack­ers re­ceiver Jared Ab­bred­eris was cut by the Detroit Lions.

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