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Players, fans confront NFL safety head-on

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A trailer released Aug. 31 for the film “Concussion” prompted a discussion among readers about NFL player safety.

Football players know the risk by now. Make them sign a release and then let them play.

It’s up to them.

Paul Finney

You cannot hold the NFL responsibl­e for the fact that the sport is inherently physical in nature. People will get hurt. That is a fact.

What I believe the NFL is willing to do, and should do, is try to make the sport safer by using better technology in helmets to limit the impact and, after a certain number of concussion­s, to automatica­lly retire a player for health reasons.

Matthew W. Wilson

Just because the sport is violent doesn’t necessaril­y mean that players have full knowl-

edge of the true scientific, longterm risks of head trauma.

I imagine you would have had many players choose a different career had they been fully aware of the high potential for permanent brain damage.

Michael Anthony Shea

I’ve been a football fan for 40-plus years. But the more I learn about chronic traumatic encephalop­athy and brain trauma, the more I realize that this game is almost beyond dangerous. And we’re going to learn more.

Mark Soucy

I love football and agree players should sign a waiver because they know that injuries will happen in the career they chose.

However, to address players giving blindsided hits: Raise the fines. That would eliminate head shots.

Paul Krause

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