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Columnists Weigh In On NFL Concussion Policy Following Sunday's QB Injuries
Published November 14, 2012
CAMPAIGN PROMISES: The AP’s Jim Litke writes under the header, “Goodell An Honest Broker On Concussions?” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “to his credit … was on the hot seat less than a year when he pushed the league, which was slow to react to anecdotal reports, to begin making up for lost time.” But Goodell “can't legislate cooperation from his players; his only power in those matters is coercion.” He also “can't claim the mantle of leadership when he's crammed the games closer together, moving one to Thursday night each week.” Litke: “Almost as troubling is the leadership role Goodell has embraced at the head of an increasingly disingenuous PR campaign aimed not at the players, but squarely at the fans” (AP, 11/14). In DC, Deron Snyder writes quarterbacks have “their set of rules intended to protect them, not solely because they’re so vulnerable in the pocket, but also because they’re so valuable in TV ratings and crucial to a team’s success.” Snyder: “It might be time to create a set of enhanced concussion rules for quarterbacks, removing them from action (at least temporarily) sooner rather than later after significant blows” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/14).
SHORT WEEK: In Miami, Adam Beasley reports with the NFL’s “ongoing emphasis on player safety, some believe that scheduling these Thursday night contests sends out some serious mixed messages.” Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett said prior to tomorrow's game against the Bills, “Is playing a game on Thursday vs. playing a game on Sunday the best thing to do? No. But, hey, if (the public) want to see it, of course guys are not going to turn it down.” Burnett added, “If we’re going to make player safety an issue, let’s make it an issue all the way across the board. It’s an issue only until we’re making money. Let’s make it an issue, and let’s keep it consistent.” But Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano sees Thursday night games “as a positive.” Fasano by playing tomorrow will “have a rare weekend off.” NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said that the NFL has “gotten similar feedback from the players’ union” (MIAMI HERALD, 11/14).