With the NFL continuing to display dramatic sensitivity to the problem of concussions in pro football, another new tweak is coming soon.
On Thursday, Charley Casserly of CBS generally alluded to impending change to rules regarding in-game concussions. On Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX reported that Commissioner Roger Goodell will distribute a memo this week to all 32 teams, in which Goodell will set forth new procedures for determining whether a player who has suffered a concussion may return to the game.
Currently, a player may not return if he loses consciousness. The new rules would make players who demonstrate concussion symptoms, such as memory loss, “wooziness,” or general dementia, possibly ineligible to rejoin the action.
As described by Glazer, the new rules will continue to reflect an inherent degree of subjectivity. So we’ll say what we said the other day on the topic, primarily since many of you weren’t working Friday, and thus might have missed it.
“The problem is the absence of a clear, objective test for determining
when a guy can or can’t come back,” we said. “Eventually, someone will come up
with a medical device that immediately can be used to determine a guy’s
status in this regard, and whoever invents the process will probably
make enough money to buy an NFL team — and then rig the thing to
consistently give his team’s players the green light.”