New rule proposal would allow injury spotters to stop play

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The NFL’s competition committee has plenty on its plate this week, most of which has to do with instant replay.

But competition committee chairman Rich McKay just said at a press conference at the owners meetings that another proposal has been added, which would give independent injury spotters the ability to stop the game to check a player who is disoriented.

While there will be a lot of talk about the catch-no catch clarifications (which still aren’t clear), this one follows with the league’s attempt to curb concussion problems.

But allowing a stoppage of play would have had a potentially big impact on recent games.

Patriots wideout Julian Edelman has avoided commenting on whether he had concussion tests during the late stages of Super Bowl, but McKay said that play was one they looked at in discussing the rule.

McKay referred to the rule as a “failsafe,” and not one that would be used often.

35 responses to “New rule proposal would allow injury spotters to stop play

  1. This is bogus. We’re talking about grown adult men – not college or high school players who may not have the best judgment on the risk they’re taking.

    Stop treating these men as if they’re babies. Julian Edelman said he wasn’t concussed, and he certainly didn’t look it or sound it (after watching the programs that came out after) after that hit.

  2. Soooo… adding extra opportunities for replays (while still keeping the same amount of replay challenges) would slow the game down too much despite how effective it might be BUT hiring a guy to sit there and look for concussions and stop play whenever isn’t intrusive?

    I’m as concerned about head trauma as anyone but this sounds impractical and another opportunity for inconsistent officiating to impose it’s will on a game.

  3. Uh oh, can’t wait to see what Billy has up his sleeve this time. Seems like all his tricks are going away this off season.

    They may actually have to line up and play football soon in New England!

  4. Assuming there is even NFL football by 2018, the average game length will be 4 and a half hours by then at this rate.

  5. Independent – yeah right. I volunteer right now to be the guy watching the team playing my team.

  6. Haters like to rewrite history. Edelman took and passed two concussion tests.

    That’s fine though. Continue to ignore reality.

  7. Not a good idea. All an opponent would have to do to stop a potential Touchdown by the other team is to ‘fake’ a concusion or other serious injury. Likewise an offensive player could fake a serious injury to stop a potential interception return for a touchdown. I hope this one gets scrapped. Geaux Saints!

  8. This is not a good idea. Safety is important but there is no such thing as ” independent injury spotters” in a multi-billion dollar industry. Players/teams look for any advantage they can get and questioning the legitimacy of potential injuries would be frowned upon even when the strategic or tactical advantage is obvious. Instead of players faking a hammy pull, low-level pawns will be used to check on the status of a guy “because he looked odd”. The league should find another way.

  9. They can afford people in the stands to watch the players for injuries, but can’t afford cameras in the end zones to give better views of plays because they are too expensive?…..what a joke the NFL has become, its almost laughable …much like Goodell. How about we start taxing the nfl ?

  10. This has gotten so out of control. So some clown was going to run on the field and pull Edelman out of the game on a play that should have been flagged! I’m so sick of this.

  11. Lol richc111^^ they will still find issues with the game, flag football is way too dangerous!!! And while we’re at it, we’ll have a balloon instead of a ball! And whoever catches the balloon tries to run while all the other players hug!! We’ll call it “Sarcastaball”!!

  12. The idea of a Giants injury spotter stopping play so that their defense can then fake cramping would be hilarious, I hope this happens. And then maybe have some circus clowns with a stretcher run out on the field, pick the guy up, put him down on the other side of the empty stretcher, and then run off again honking their red noses.

  13. marima07 says: Mar 23, 2015 4:45 PM

    This is bogus. We’re talking about grown adult men – not college or high school players who may not have the best judgment on the risk they’re taking.

    Stop treating these men as if they’re babies. Julian Edelman said he wasn’t concussed, and he certainly didn’t look it or sound it (after watching the programs that came out after) after that hit.
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    Yeah, right, and the mentally ill are able to determine when/if they need meds too.

    I would submit that most who suffer a concussion do not rationally know it at the time it occurs. This is a HUGE safety issue and is being approached as such. Probably more from a lawsuit mitigation standpoint than anything but it still achieves a good sound goal.

  14. Rindell says:
    Mar 23, 2015 5:35 PM
    Amazing. They even cheat about concussions…
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    and Tom Brady is cheating Father Time. 🙂

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    That’s going to make Vike games take 4-5 hours to complete…

    Kind of disrespectful to leave the bodies out on the field after AP gives them the business, IMO.

  16. What did McKay say about the noncall on that hit. Defenseless, h to h, launching, or shoulder to h. Hello ?

    One of the greatest plays of edelmans great year.

  17. tjacks7 says:
    Mar 23, 2015 5:45 PM

    “So the NFL doesn’t have the money for cameras but they have the money to pay multiple injury spotters to be at every game.”

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    The league doesn’t have money because they have to pay Ted Wells so much money for investigations that should take a week, but instead take 6 months.

  18. hakunamangata says:
    Mar 23, 2015 4:50 PM

    Uh oh, can’t wait to see what Billy has up his sleeve this time. Seems like all his tricks are going away this off season.

    They may actually have to line up and play football soon in New England!

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    Isn’t that what Edelman did?
    Haters gonna hate.

  19. Profootball Talk.
    Posted by Mike Wilkening on February 2, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT
    Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots v Seattle Seahawks

    “A published report Monday says an independent neurologist and Patriots medical personnel assessed wide receiver Julian Edelman for a concussion in Super Bowl XLIX and declared him fit to continue playing.

    According to Howard Ulman of the Associated Press, Edelman went through concussion testing after taking a hit to the head from Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor on a pivotal 21-yard third-down catch in the fourth quarter.”
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    I’m happy to see that PFT was all over this at the time. But I wanna know why Pete Carroll wasn’t checked for a concussion right before he called that pass play?

  20. This is a joke compleat joke there is no way this is even talked about as an option at the meetings. Just another way to dump on the Patriots in the media and fuel the hate of the masses. Just like wrestling and Howard Stern … People give more attention to things Thay hate then things Thay like. And right now the Patriots are the biggest Bad guys on the show.

  21. As others have said Edelman was checked on the sideline. You could even see part of the process. One of the doctors was not associated with the Patriots. He said Julian passed the sideline check. What about this is so hard to understand?

  22. The biggest, baddest member of the LOB couldnt even take down Mini-tron with an illegal launching shot to the head…You say LOB, Edelman and Brady laugh in your face! 10 point 4th quarter Patriot comeback for the win Seagulls!

    Go Pats!

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