Play­ers seek­ing more con­cus­sion eval­u­a­tions

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NFL -

The NFL’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 per­cent” 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 per­cent 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 Sea­hawks prop­erly fol­lowed con­cus­sion pro­to­cols with quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son on Thurs­day night.

Sills said data from the past five years show that the in­jury rate per game is lower on Thurs­days than games played on other days of the week. Sports­man­ship nom­i­nees: Joe Sta­ley of the 49ers and the Raiders’ Derek Carr are the Bay Area teams’ nom­i­nees for the Art Rooney Sports­man­ship Award.

The award, now in its fourth year, hon­ors the found­ing owner of the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers and a mem­ber of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame. The re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive a $25,000 do­na­tion to the char­ity of his choice. Briefly: A knee in­jury to quar­ter­back Drew Stan­ton could clear the way for ex-49er Blaine Gab­bert to make his de­but for Ari­zona. Stan­ton sprained a knee early in Thurs­day night’s 22-16 loss to Seat­tle . ... Carolina rookie wide re­ceiver Cur­tis Sa­muel is done for the year af­ter in­jur­ing his left an­kle in the third quar­ter of the Pan­thers’ 45-21 win over Mi­ami on Mon­day . ... Washington placed start­ing run­ning back Rob Kel­ley and in­side line­backer Will Comp­ton on in­jured re­serve . ... Seat­tle signed cor­ner­back By­ron Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sher­man to a sea­son-end­ing Achilles ten­don in­jury.

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