Goodell says concussions declined in 2021 despite addition of 17th game

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the early returns on the 17-game season are positive.

Goodell said that the NFL actually saw fewer concussions in 2021 than in 2020, despite playing one more week’s worth of regular-season games.

“On the concussion front, we actually had less concussions in the 17-game format than we had in the 16-game format,” Goodell said. “Even in Week 18, which we’d never had a Week 18 before, we saw less injuries in Week 18 and in the postseason.”

Goodell says he has asked players about it and hasn’t heard a negative word, and he believes the NFL Players Association would agree.

“The initial reaction is positive,” Goodell said.

Realistically, it’s hard to see how increasing the number of games won’t increase the number of injuries. But through the first year of a longer season, the league is pleased with the results.

13 responses to “Goodell says concussions declined in 2021 despite addition of 17th game

  1. Goodell says the dumbest things, but penalizing for helmet hits is actually a good thing. Hope the NFL fixes their OT rules too

  2. Next thing you know that he’ll link his outrageous enforcement of taunting calls to reduced rates of concussions.

  3. touchback6 says: “Of course they did, Roger. Lie to us some more.”

    You do know that Peter King’s FMIA gave you the numbers yesterday, right?

    Concussions. “In preseason and regular-season practices and games in each year from 2015 to 2019, players suffered, in order, 275, 243, 281, 214 and 224 concussions; in 2021, the number was reduced to 187.”

  4. Well, Covid does reduce the size of your brain, in effect protecting it with a thicker layer of cerebral fluid. Thanks again Chiba, you’re the best.

  5. Sounds about right with hitting, intensity and borderline hits declining since 2012. By 2026, the league will become flag football …

  6. Do we have to go through this every year? Move on and bring back hitting to the game. Hint- that’s why people tune in, for the violence.

  7. Revenue was also up, so obviously the game is good enough without the brutal hits. I don’t mind at all. It’s just when someone starts comparing stats from one era to another is when I say stop. Imagine the numbers someone like Joe Montana would put up if the defense wasn’t allowed to touch the receivers and offensive linemen were encouraged to hold. It’s still the best entertainment. I look at guys like Aaron Domald and Deebo Samuel and these guys are tough cookies, so they haven’t removed the toughness one bit. It’s just a different game. The revenue speaks for itself.

  8. The league denied there was a concussion problem for 30 years…

    So please don’t flame me for getting my box of salt, and taking a grain out while reading this.

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