Injury timeout proposal unanimously approved by NFL owners

AP

While it may not be a big week for rules changes, the NFL has taken at least one smart step which should make players safer.

Via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the league unanimously approved the proposal to grant a medical timeout.

The rule will allow the injury spotter upstairs to communicate directly with the on-field officials, to stop the clock if a player appears to be shaken up to the point a further check is warranted.

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said yesterday the proposal was sparked in part by Julian Edelman taking a hard shot in the Super Bowl, appearing woozy but staying in the game.

As you might imagine, Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t shed any light on what the team did or didn’t do in that situation, and Edelamn himself has refused to say if he was checked for a concussion.

You’d have to talk to the medical people about that. I was coaching the game,” Belichick said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

74 responses to “Injury timeout proposal unanimously approved by NFL owners

  1. How would that have helped the Giants defenders in the 2011 Super Bowl? They were able to delay multiple Patriot drives without the need for a medical timeout.

  2. It’s going to look like soccer now with players falling down and swooning … only to miraculously recover once play begins.

  3. Two words–Law suits. The NFL fears nothing more than the threat of the legal system bringing them to their knees. Teddy Roosevelt saved the game in 1906 when there were those who wanted to outlaw football. In todays wussification of America is it really hard to imagine that tackle football could eventually be banned? This is more about saving the golden goose than saving some dispensable players a$$.

  4. They need to address fake injuries to be granted a free timeout now.

    If the clock has to stop, then that player is out for at least the rest of that series. Not just a single play.

  5. Can we get one of these for refs too? When they make a stupid call that only a concussed person would make can we stop the game for 10 or 15 minutes to get them checked out?

  6. SIMPLY THE BEST! BETTER THAN ALL THE REST!

    GO PATS!!!!

    I fail to see how Edleman was concussed. He said immediately after the hit “I love getting hit” You can hear it on the audio from the superbowl. He also ran his routes perfectly and scored. Just another example of the jealous hatred. Eat it losers

  7. Damn it !
    As a colts fan I’m tired of hearing “Pats Cheated”. As annoying as their fans are, the patriots are truly a remarkable franchise in the last 14 years.
    Well then, if ur a pats fan Gloat all u want.
    If ur like me, a fan of another team, envy and or respect the patriots.

    One thing that hasn’t changed is that patriots are world champions fair and square.

  8. After every solid tackle the buzzer will be going off in the ref’s ear, with goodell saying “we have another commercial to air, stop the game”

  9. For the impetus causing this rule, just look around when you are out and about. Every time you see a sign that says, “Attorney at Law” you will see the reason.

  10. So… Just a single medical timeout, or multiple allowed timeouts as necessary due to perceived injury?
    So… This is just more air time opportunity for commercials, yes? Since the broadcasters don’t allow us to see a simple shoving fest hardly anymore, or a nasty hit.
    As for Belichick, I’m pretty sure it was NFL protocol that if a player appears to have concussion symptoms (looks like he just got rocked – as the article described), then that player has to be examined.
    And he responds with “I was coaching the game.”
    Hm…

  11. Happens all the time, and it seems like the fans watching on tv are the only ones who see the player not be able to get up off the ground or fall backwards or go limp when they’re hit.

  12. Will teams be charged a time out for this? How long will it be before a Patriots player acts wobbly to get the clock stopped at the end of a game?

  13. I think the NFL is more concerned with players getting hurt and not getting medically checked. I think that’s what happened with Edelmann. Now, the league is taking it upon themselves to determine what looks bad enough for play to be stopped. That’s a bad precedent, because it’s going to remove the player, the most affected one, from having input and possible being removed, unreasonably, from action

  14. So everyone commenting would be OK with your best receiver leaving the game on the Game winning 4th quarter drive of the Super Bowl because he might be woozy/concussed.

    NO ONE is going to argue that its cheating by leaving him in there.

    Dont kid yourselves.

  15. What’s the over/under on what week of the season we’ll see a who dat player (read that expendable) who normally never gets on the field in the lineup at a key time and swooning to garner a free time out?

    I’m saying week 4 and taking the under.

  16. This rule is whacked! It’s without a doubt one more ‘cover your ass’ layer added simply to prove how conscientious the league is about safety.

    The cynic in me doesn’t trust that any person in this league that can be truly called ‘Independent’ and/or ‘Unbiased’. Fans can’t even get consistency from the refs on holding or pass interference – from game to game or among each officiating crew, but now we’re assured of that materializing from a guy up in the press box?

    In the NFC Championship Game Russell Wilson gets knocked to kingdom come by Clay Matthews, but that hit – way worse than the one Edelman took – doesn’t raise any flags???? How about what happened to Kam Chancellor after his hit to Edelman? He was more wobbly than Edelman, but no one even mentions that one.

    More proof that this will be one more arbitrary rule, applied inconsistently, and will cost some teams a game.

  17. What is a spotter going to see from up in a box that the officials standing a few feet away won’t? It’s like they intentionally look for ways to make things more complicated than they have to be.

  18. So maybe Edelman shouldn’t have been in the game for the rest of that drive? Interesting.

    And oh so typical.

  19. Driving to work one day I was passed by a car going about twice the posted speed limit which was 55 MPH…..I’m thinking, that guy has to be loaded…..

    Some time later traffic came to a halt, and eventually I learned this speeding dope went off the road, hit a tree, killing himself and an innocent tree in the process…

    The road was closed for hours upon hours while the crack police squad investigated the accident.

    The findings? The guy was going too fast and he was drinking….what a shocker….

    Either way, pull the player off the field and let’s move on….no more time outs are needed….this is football….

  20. gavinmac says:
    Mar 24, 2015 2:25 PM

    Will teams be charged a time out for this? How long will it be before a Patriots player acts wobbly to get the clock stopped at the end of a game?
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    As long as it will take every other team.

  21. This is NOT a good rule. Very whimsical, and fails to consider the moral hazard created (meaning: how on the field behavior will change substantially as a result of the rule change).

  22. The tears of the haters are so delicious. Their nightmare off-season with the Patriots being the reigning world champions isn’t even close to being over.

    Edelman was found to not be concussed by an AP report a few days after the Super Bowl. He was talking trash after the play and was fine. Mckay cited numerous other plays as well, but I realize that only citing the Patriots and implying they did something wrong is too hard to pass up.

  23. Will be interesting to see how many extra time outs we get during a season. You can bet your house coaches will be asking players to fake a injury to get a timeout especially towards the end of the season.

  24. Of course they didn’t check him.

    It’s Bell-I-Cheat for a reason.

    Here’s the best defense…

    “Edelman was found to not be concussed by an AP report a few days after the Super Bowl.”

    SMH

  25. Pats fans, you don’t have to try so hard.

    The ******** are in place regardless of how much you continue to say “yeah, but…”

    LOL

    Every Superbowl, forever tainted.

  26. I don’t get the reasoning that the Patriots cheated with this rule.

    Had this rule been in place, wouldn’t it have benefited the Seahawks more by taking Edelman off the field?

    Edelman was unstoppable and it certainly would have made the ‘Legion of Boom’s’ day easier if Chancellor just took him out with a head shot.

  27. You all know Edelman got up and ran another 20 yards after he got hit in the head, right? Then caught the ball again on the next play and juked a few more guys…..

  28. So where wasn’t there a 15 yard penalty on Chancellor for that clear illegal helmet to helmet hit and why wasn’t a Chancellor also checked for a concussion as he lead with his own head.

    On top of that if you look closely its Edelman who bounced up immediately and continues running while Chancellor looks dazed and confused and opts to try and adjust his helmet not knowing what’s going on.

  29. Millions saw Edelman get ROCKED by Kam Chancellor, get up wobbly from the hit, and NOT get examined. Millions new Edelman was concussed. That’s why THIS is now an ISSUE being raised.

    Pats fans saw the same thing Millions saw. Edelman lit up…and no 1/2 yard line SB Championship giveaway due to a play that should never had been called will change the facts. The tape does not lie.

  30. skawh says:
    Mar 24, 2015 5:08 PM
    Millions saw Edelman get ROCKED by Kam Chancellor, get up wobbly from the hit, and NOT get examined. Millions new Edelman was concussed. That’s why THIS is now an ISSUE being raised.
    ____________________________

    28-24. You (still) mad bro?

  31. I can just imagine some doofus up in a booth ordering a player off the field during a Super Bowl. That’s really gonna go over well.

  32. Nice pats fan spin just like Edelman did before he fell own his own after getting up and running more after that hit.

    “Oh I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK I beat my head in with a brick all day “

  33. skawh says:
    Mar 24, 2015 5:08 PM

    Millions saw Edelman get ROCKED by Kam Chancellor, get up wobbly from the hit, and NOT get examined. Millions new Edelman was concussed. That’s why THIS is now an ISSUE being raised.

    Pats fans saw the same thing Millions saw. Edelman lit up…and no 1/2 yard line SB Championship giveaway due to a play that should never had been called will change the facts. The tape does not lie.
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    Closer to BILLIONS saw your Seahawks give up a ten point lead in the 4th quarter despite your self proclaimed ‘legion of boom” defense. Blame injuries if that makes it easier on you but I blame the organization for not building a team with competent back-ups. I mean the Patriots undrafted free agent from Div.II had the skill and the coaching to instantly diagnose a play, break on it and come up with the pick. Indeed, the tape doesn’t lie.

  34. So they did nothing to address the uptempo offenses that are designed to take advantage of defenses that aren’t ready for the ball to be snapped. This type of play can result in players caught off balance and injured severely. I guess you can always have a guy grab his head and fall to the ground. That should stop the clock.

  35. And the millions who “knew” Edelman was concussed were apparently wrong. Sure, Edelman took a good shot but he bounced right up and kept the chains movin’. That what millions really saw. That and SEA’s D getting schooled in the end. Good times.

  36. winninaintsinnin says:
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    Winning isn’t sinning but that log in name has got to get you to the front of the line at the gates of hell. Also, apparently you’re not aware that nowhere in the official records will you find an asterisk. Yours don’t mean fresh, moist fertilizer.

  37. Who is paying the spotter? Is it a team guy or a league guy?

    This is critical information.

    It won’t be a fully independent guy in any regard but a league guy could possibly be independent once in awhile. It’s a start.

  38. Spotters will be chosen from a list of volunteers. So far, the list for any/all NE games includes John Harbaugh, the entire IND front office, Irsay, Kensil, Rooney, Faulk, Brunnell, Dilfer, Young, Lewis

  39. “The rule will allow the injury spotter upstairs to communicate directly with the on-field officials”

    Can we do this with missed flags as well?

  40. And we do it the right way …

    So choking away a gift-wrapped SB is the “right way”? Congrats.

  41. Ferdinand says:
    Mar 24, 2015 7:21 PM
    Who is paying the spotter? Is it a team guy or a league guy?

    This is critical information.

    It won’t be a fully independent guy in any regard but a league guy could possibly be independent once in awhile. It’s a start.
    ~~~~~~~~~
    The problem for the league is when the owwie official stops the game and it benefits one of the “money” teams that is having a particularly hard time against one of the “wrong” teams.

    When you combine a league official that can alter a game real-time from the booth based on something with no defined parameters with another league official in NY that can influence or alter any reviewed replay, it is only a matter of time before the corruption is unavoidable. Combine that with the league’s policy of getting every last nickel and the game will collapse from its own stupidity and corruption.

  42. Not an Eagles fan but this will irk the hell out of the ever so great Chip Kelly. If a defense player gets tired or needs a break, he can fake an injury and all that “creative offense will come to a halt. Love it.

  43. winninaintsinnin says:
    Mar 24, 2015 8:13 PM

    Seattle has been the best team in football since PC took over and overwhelmingly so since RW arrived.

    And we do it the right way.
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    Since 2010 Seattle 50-30. Patriots 63-17. Nuff said.

  44. And we do it the right way.
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    6 Players suspended in 4 years for PED’s, fined $300,000 for OTA practice violation, Lynch fined for crotch grabbing showboating, and of course Baldwin faking dropping a deuce after his one catch of the day in front of a worldwide audience. Yessir, there’s a team to be proud of.

  45. Are all Pats fans delusional? Have any of you actually seen the play? At the very least he should have been checked on the sidelines. I’m not a Pats hater by any means but if Avril was checked, so should have Julian.

  46. Player safety? Lol thats funny. No its designed for the NFL to jam up advertisers for more money. See we will now have even MORE commercials to make our crappy games last even longer.

    Just what NFL games need more commercials.

    Phantom “wooziness” im sure will emerge when an offense is driving for a game tying or go ahead score to give the rest of the defense a breather. I could see teams putting the 46th player on the field for 1 play to get a “concussion”

  47. So according to hater logic, if this becomes a “new” rule, it means that the Pats had cheated?

    There’s a lot of folks here living in glass houses throwing stones……

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