More players are reporting own concussion symptoms
NFL: Colts followed protocol with QB Brissett on Sunday.
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 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.
Sills says it is impossible to “capture 100 percent of concussions.”
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on the call the league and the players’ union are still reviewing whether the Seahawks properly followed concussion protocols with quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday night.
Seahawks: Signed veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sherman to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. Maxwell knows the system after starting his career with the Seahawks and becoming a starter during the 2013 season.
Seattle placed Sherman and running back C.J. Prosise (ankle) on injured reserve and signed running back Mike Davis from the practice squad.
Redskins: Placed starting running back Rob Kelley (knee) and inside linebacker Will Compton (foot) on injured reserve. The team also signed free-agent defensive lineman Caraun Reid and Eagles’ practice squad running back Byron Marshall.
Bills: Made a bid to address run-stopping concerns by signing defensive tackle Deandre Coleman, who is listed at 6 feet 5 and 341 pounds and spent part of last season in Buffalo.
The Bills have allowed 492 yards rushing in their past two games since trading Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville.
Buffalo created room on its roster by releasing defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
Bengals: Filled their need for a running back by signing Brian Hill off the Falcons’ practice squad. Hill was a fifth-round pick from Wyoming. The Bengals were down to running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard after Jeremy Hill went on injured reserve with an ankle injury that requires surgery.
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson was waived to open a roster spot.
Lions: Signed defensive end George Johnson and receiver Jace Billingsley and released defensive end Jacquies Smith and receiver Jared Abbrederis.
(At) Panthers 45, Dolphins 21: Cam Newton was tired of the Carolina’s defense getting all of the glory.
Newton took it as a challenge when the defense vaulted to the league’s No. 1 ranking last week, saying it was time for the offense to strive to match them.
Newton did his part Monday night, throwing for 254 yards and four touchdowns and running for 95 more as the Panthers (7-3) piled up a franchise-record 548 yards in a rout of the Dolphins (4-5).
“It’s nice to see them have this type of breakout game,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of the offense, which had 30 first downs and converted 11 of 14 third downs.
Not everything went well for Carolina: Rookie receiver Curtis Samuel sustained an ankle injury that will require season-ending surgery.
Jacoby Brissett returned after hit to head vs. Steelers.