In response to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN that the NFLPA wants the NFL to do more when it comes to the monitoring of in-game concussions, the league says that more could indeed be done.
“We have been discussing possible next steps to expand medical monitoring during games to make sure any player needing attention is receiving it, but no decisions have been made on what those steps will be,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via email.
Per Mort, the union would like the league to place a neurologist in the booth, who would alert sideline medical personnel as to players who may be suffering from concussions.
That sounds familiar. The point is that the NFL may indeed decide to do that.
The biggest factor when it comes to diagnosing concussions during games is to overcome the players’ natural tendency to want to continue to play. No amount of complaints or concerns by the union will change that specific characteristic of the rank and file it represents.
These discussions were all sparked by the seizure suffered by Chargers guard Kris Dielman, after he was allowed to stay in a game last month despite stumbling and wobbling.