NFL nudges Dr. Eliott Pellman into retirement, will hire new top doc

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On the same day a poll showed that 85 percent of people connect football and CTE, the NFL got rid of a guy who denied a link between the game and the damage of head injuries for many years.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the NFL is replacing Dr. Eliott Pellman, and will hire a new doctor to replace him.

And this apparently wasn’t a routine retirement for Pellman, who was former commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s former personal physician. Current commissioner Roger Goodell apparently asked Pellman to step aside and he agreed, clearly away someone who has been a lightning rod during the league’s concussion crisis.

Pellman, a rheumatologist by trade, chaired the league’s mild traumatic brain injury committee, a euphemism for concussions which many felt underscored the league’s stance on head injuries. He routinely downplayed the link between football and head injuries, and the league could no longer afford that.

In addition to the obvious health problem, the league has a significant P.R. issue as it pertains to concussions and the long-term health of players who suffer them. And while taking Pellman off the roster can’t fix the first problem, it can’t hurt the second.

19 responses to “NFL nudges Dr. Eliott Pellman into retirement, will hire new top doc

  1. What about Pellman’s daughter? She going to keep working for the league?
    Now that Pellman has been canned, what for Troy Vincent to hire him…

  2. WANTED: Neurologist. Strong in Cognitive Dissonance. Ethics optional. Contact Rog

  3. Dr. Pellman said that there has never been any data to show that specifically playing in the NFL caused CTE.

    Actually, he’s right. There is no data to show that when football players started their careers in the NFL they were void of any signs of brain injury and then developed brain injury only from playing football.

    Many, if not all the players, already had the start to CTE before they even started playing in the NFL. But there is no data to show this in any way.

    If there were, then it would make the NCAA, every high school football program, Pop Warner and every other organized contact football program complicit in causing CTE.

  4. Too little too late. They knew all these years and either whistled past the graveyard or attacked the whistleblowers. I hope the retired players and NFLPA sue them into oblivion.

  5. Pellman, a rheumatologist by trade, chaired the league’s mild traumatic brain injury committee, a euphemism for concussions
    ——
    MILD traumatic brain injury? If you’re telling me I have any type of traumatic anything you can drop the word mild because all I’m hearing going forward is traumatic.

  6. Sure didn’t take Roger Dodger long to find someone to blame, who was probably just repeating Roger’s ‘talking points’ and following orders.

    Follow the money….

  7. Dr Bennet Omalu sounds like an ideal candidate to replace the stooge. He actually cares more about the players health than the bottom line Roger

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