NFL: More self-re­port­ing of con­cus­sions; Bris­sett han­dled OK

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

NEW YORK — 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.

Sills says it is im­pos­si­ble to “cap­ture 100 per­cent of con­cus­sions.”

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.

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