More play­ers are re­port­ing own concussion symp­toms

NFL: Colts fol­lowed pro­to­col with QB Bris­sett on Sun­day.

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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.

Late Mon­day

(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.

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