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Goodell: NFL wants doc eyeing game 'at all times'

Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 12:46 pm
By Will Brinson

Last Thursday night, Colt McCoy suffered a nasty concussion that's stirred up plenty of debate about the NFL's policy for how teams handle on-field medical evaluation, because McCoy was never tested for a concussion yet he had one and still came back in the game.

Roger Goodell spoke with CBS Sports James Brown during a "Conversations with CBS Sports" sit down and said that the league is committed to keeping a doctor on hand to watch and then evaluate plays in which a player suffers an injury like McCoy's.

"I think that's one of the keys, JB," Goodell said. "We want to make sure someone -- a medical professional -- has his eyes on that field at all times and can see when an injury occurs to somebody so that the proper medical care is being given."

Presumably, said doctor will be positioned up high near the press and/or coaches box, but sequestered enough to ensure objectivity. He or she will then watch the game and have access to replays and slow-motion footage to ensure that a player who might have suffered a concussion won't be allowed to return to the game until properly and objectively evaluated.

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:58 pm

Goodell: NFL wants doc eyeing game 'at all times'

There is no way in H*LL that any doctor with malpractice premiums to pay is going to sign on for that. Unless he can just order an immediate trip for an MRI every single time a player's head gets hit or goes to the ground hard.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:47 pm

Goodell: NFL wants doc eyeing game 'at all times'

<span style="color: #000000;">can you imagine the can of worms this will open?  i can see it now, a player takes a hit in a crucial game (maybe a playoff or the super bowl) and the doc wants that guy pulled from the game.  the players and the coaches will revolt over this.  this concussion issue is fairly serious, but if you consider the actual number of players who have played throughout the course of football history and compare that number to the actual number of former players who suffer from long-term disorders, i bet those numbers DO NOT justify these assinine new measures that Goodell wants to take.  you are going to see some hot, explosive reactions when a player who does not need an injury timeout or on-the-field attention, but the "Concussion Doctor" wants that guy pulled and checked out... LOOK OUT!  fans will be livid if this guy has the authority to decide the outcome of a game because of his position.  this is another "sh!t-for-brains" act by the commissioner trying to look like he is doing something besides punishing and/or administering fines against football players doing their jobs.  now, i'm just waiting for the bubble wrap and micro-foam solution.  what a JOKE!

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