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NFL will have independent neurological consultants on sidelines next season

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With the focus on head injuries in football being put under a microscope the past few seasons, the NFL is taking an important step in making sure players don’t return to the field while still suffering from the after-effects of a concussion.

According to Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network, the NFL will have unaffiliated neurological consultants on the sidelines during games beginning next season.

Per Kremer, it’s a move the NFL Players Association was strongly in favor of.

Players who have suffered head injuries in games have still needed to be cleared in order to return to the field. The problem has been that the doctors that needed to clear a player to return were on the team’s payroll. While most team doctors have probably treated each case correctly with the player’s best interests at heart, the move by the league to add an independent voice on the sideline should remove any question of impropriety.

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24 Responses to “NFL will have independent neurological consultants on sidelines next season”
  1. valid1 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:13 PM

    This is the right move all the way. I think the fans will overwhelmingly support it.

  2. kingbeason52 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:21 PM

    Why are they not already on the sideline?

  3. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 31, 2013 4:25 PM

    Wasn’t this supposed to be in place already?

  4. digbysellers says: Jan 31, 2013 4:28 PM

    Great, so now you’ll have two doctors fighting about treatment on the sideline with ego’s just as big as the players. This isn’t going to work out well.

  5. flankerright says: Jan 31, 2013 4:30 PM

    Why doesn’t the NFL just have independent doctors on the sideline period for injuries not just concussions, that would show they really cared about players well being.

  6. pillowporkers says: Jan 31, 2013 4:33 PM

    I hate this move. Just gives Goodell even more power. For the conspiracy theorists out there who think that the NFL is fixed (which it not), this certainly will give them some more reason to think that haha.

  7. isphet71 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:35 PM

    The players and players unions will love this only until they have to start sitting out plays/games.

    The NFL is going to have to expand active rosters for next year to cope with all the injuries and neurological sidelinings. Active rosters for gameday are already too small and restrictive.

  8. cooklynn17 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:37 PM

    Its about time, a no brainer if you catch my drift…lol

  9. cappa662 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:41 PM

    Next step, independent doctors!!!!!!!!!

  10. gochargersgo says: Jan 31, 2013 4:43 PM

    Thatd be a pretty sweet gig for a neurologist. Get paid to watch the game from the sideline.

  11. igwaybwekay says: Jan 31, 2013 4:48 PM

    Maybe one of those independent neurological consultants will get to the bottom of what’s wrong with Randy Moss.

  12. bartlettruss says: Jan 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    I’ll be interested to see what happens to the first “independent neurologist” that benches Brady in the playoffs.

  13. arcandcb says: Jan 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    Can you truly be independent when your paycheck is coming from the NFL?

  14. wrenches2pipes says: Jan 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    It will turn into something like selecting Boxing judges for prize fights. “We will accept Doctor’s #1, 3 and 5, but not Doctor’s #2, 4, and 6. Keep a camera on the head coaches on the sidelines for the reactions. Should be priceless viewing.

  15. willardj says: Jan 31, 2013 5:02 PM

    Very good move by the NFL. There’s simply too much incentive for team doctors to send players back onto the field. This is the first step to reducing all of the long-term brain trauma of these players.

  16. FinFan68 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:09 PM

    Without specific guidelines and parameters of authority it means absolutely nothing. Just eyewash to placate those that call for “something” to be done.

  17. marcinhouston says: Jan 31, 2013 5:19 PM

    They need an independent neurological consultant in the commissioners office. One day Roger Goodell’s heirs may sue the NFL for not recognizing and treating his narcissistic personality disorder.

  18. fran021 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:22 PM

    Posters above are right–they*all* need to be independent. I still have a hard time believing the Great Dr. Andrews couldn’t tell something was going to happen to RGIII’s knee.

  19. SilentMajority says: Jan 31, 2013 6:04 PM

    Lets reduce the amount of games played from 16 to 14. That will go a long way to reducing head injuries. Of course they’re talking about 18 not 14 games…

  20. badintent says: Jan 31, 2013 6:19 PM

    Doctors ?? They need some hookers. Less groin stomping, screaming at players by coaches, less BS drama with sideline announcers, Are guys really gonna stick their hat on another player when they could instead be gettin laid ? Old Yankee stadium had an equipment shack that Joe Pepitone use to grab a quickie in between innings. Lets drop a pop up tent next to the Gatorade barrel( Thinking here outside the box)or in it )

  21. boyshole25 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:12 PM

    One of those things where you say wait this protocol wasn’t in place already?

  22. bradford08 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:01 PM

    I grew up watching football in the 60′s & & 70′s when defenses ruled the game and battered players were part of the action. I love the big hits and could care less about the players.

    I am of the opinion 25 years from now re-runs of the games played in the 60′s, 70′s & 80′s will be must see TV.

    The players knew what they were getting into when they put on the helmet. Football is catering to the feminine audience and the “Everybody gets a trophy” generation.

  23. 1uniquename says: Jan 31, 2013 9:03 PM

    @Bradford8 I completely disagree. I don’t wanna see some third string linebacker take out my teams best offensive weapon or just signed FA so I can see one big hit, that’s moronic. An entire season ruined because a DE is head hunting my teams franchise QB and completely ruining the season or perhaps multiple seasons. I pay a lot of money to watch these guys play and I’m not interested in watching a backup QB or my team struggle because 5 of the top 22 are out with concussions. Its not worth it, make these guys tackle properly, try to avoid helmet to helmet hits and let the chips fall where they may.

  24. 1uniquename says: Jan 31, 2013 9:12 PM

    To add to that, not all of these guys know what their getting into when their six years old paying pop Warner and growing up in the ghetto with absolutely nothing. By the time they get to college and truly understand the possible repercussions of paying the game they now love there’s very few options. Either give up your free ride through college and a chance to make millions of dollars so you can guarantee no injuries, move back to the ghetto and sell drugs or work some crap job. Or continue playing knowing you might get seriously hurt, it’s a no brainer but they have no choice here, at least most of them. It’s up to their employer to try and protect them from that point on. So they don’t know what their getting into when they first put the helmet on and by the time they do it’s too late. Those videos from the 80s will be great to watch except for the players ego played in those games as their brains will now be mush.

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