PLAY­ERS SELF RE­PORT­ING

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS -

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.

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.”

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