NFL players union urges quick changes to concussion protocol

The NFL Players Association on Friday urged the league to implement changes to its concussion protocol in a timely manner to protect players at this weekend’s games.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL Players Association on Friday urged the league to implement changes to its concussion protocol in a timely manner to protect players at this weekend’s games.

The players’ union wants to strengthen protocol to avoid a repeat of what happened to Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week 3 against Buffalo. Tagovailoa was unstable when he walked off the field after being hit and was checked for a concussion, but he quickly returned to the game and the Dolphins said a back injury caused his shaky gait.

Tagovailoa suffered a concussion four days later in Cincinnati and is out indefinitely.

“Our union has agreed to amend concussion protocols to protect players from being able to play again in the event of an incident similar to that of September 25,” the union said in a statement. “We want these changes to go into effect ahead of this weekend’s games to protect players immediately, and we hope the NFL will accept the change before then.”

In its own statement, the league said it was working on updates to the protocol but had not committed to implementing them ahead of Sunday’s games.

“As we discussed with the NFLPA, we agree that changes to the joint NFL-NFLPA protocols are necessary to further improve player safety. We have already spoken to members of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee and leadership of the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Advisors and Independent Certified Athletic Coaches serving as spotters to discuss these likely changes,” the NFL said.

The management of Tagovailoa’s injuries and the NFL’s approach to player safety were discussed following his injury during the nationally televised game in Cincinnati on September 29, when his head was violently slammed against the turf and his fingers were awkwardly bent, resulting in as is known, criticizes “fencing reaction” to neurological trauma.

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Emma Bowman

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