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    I proposed they lose all pads. This is the only way to keep the real game of football intact. They are bastardizing it down to the point there will be a penalty every play as someone didn't tackle right or run the ball correctly or something. Just go like rugby and lose the pads. Dudes won't be lowering their head and launching themselves at someone.


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    Glazer: NFL to expand concussion guidelines

    One week after the NFL issued a league-wide mandate regarding new procedures on concussions, they will issue even more guidelines to protect players this week.

    FOX Sports has learned that Commissioner Roger Goodell is slated to issue new guidelines aimed at expanding grounds for removal from a game due to a head injury later this week.

    Current rules state that any player who is knocked unconscious during a game is prohibited from returning. But under new guidelines players who show signs of concussion (i.e. memory loss, wooziness or general dementia) during the game will also be subject to removal.

    In addition to an immediate change in the policy for player safety regarding concussions, the league is also taking steps to potentially alter the game for future seasons. The goal is to help better protect players in essence by taking helmet, facemask and head shots out of the game.

    FOX Sports has learned that the NFL brought Chairman of the Competition Committee Rich McKay to the league office this week to look at several plays for the purpose of proposing potential rule changes this offseason to expand rules on protecting players with the ball.

    Currently, defenders are prohibited from striking a defenseless receiver in the head. However, the league will look at potentially outlawing similar strikes on any runner, whether it be a running back or a receiver, defenseless or not.


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    It's sad when an outside source for example, Congress, has to bring in the Commissioner of the NFL and ask him questions. So instead of being proactive, the NFL is reactive. They wait until someone else says, "You've got a problem" and then they fix it. Behind closed doors, they tell us, "We're going to fix that, good idea" but they don't. Mike Webster, my former center in Pittsburgh, passed away. He had a lot of head problems. He was living in a car, living under a bridge and did the NFL take care of him? No. Not at all.

    In addition, the league is also considering prohibiting running backs from lowering their head and striking defenders with their helmet under certain circumstances.

    Whether or not these rules will take effect will be determined by a vote this offseason.

    The NFL has taken measures the last five years to offer better protection in the case of concussions. However, in recent weeks it has become a lightning rod of discussion as players such as Brian Westbrook, Clinton Portis, Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger have been concussed.

    The league was also put under the microscope with regard to this topic by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this season.

    As revealed last weekend, new policy states that every team will now be required to use an independent neurologist or neurosurgeon as part of the determination as to when a concussed player can be cleared for action.

    Teams are currently gathering names to send to the league, which will then share those names with the union and the two will work together in determining if the docs are in fact experts in the field as well as "independent" and objective.

    While not every team has one of these doctors in place yet, the Steelers were proactive and used a neurologist/neurosurgeon to make the determination to sit Big Ben out of this game. As the week progressed Roethlisberger experienced "exercise-induced symptoms." Yesterday Dr. Joseph Maroon at the University of Pittsburgh, widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on head trauma and concussions, deemed Big Ben unfit to go.

    The Cardinals, meanwhile, did not take the same route with Kurt Warner. Despite the fact that Warner continued to show symptoms, he was listed as a true game-time decision to start against the Titans.

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    This is Ben's 4th concussion.

    That means in all likelihood he is only here for two or three more season before the issue forces him into retirement.

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    This is Ben's 4th concussion.

    That means in all likelihood he is only here for two or three more season before the issue forces him into retirement.
    More reason to protect him moreso... But I fear you could be right....

    .... Just remember Troy Aikman, and his shortened career because of it.
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    More reason to protect him moreso... But I fear you could be right....

    .... Just remember Troy Aikman, and his shortened career because of it.
    Steve Young is another...

    I think they both called it quits at seven.

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    Whooooooaaaaaaaaa......on the pregame for Sunday Night Football, Hines is being interviewed and just said that the lockerroom is 50-50 split that Ben should have played. He said this is almost like a playoff game and there are guys saying they played with concussion, etc......that 'some people' in the lockerroom think he should play.

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