By Will Brinson
Ever since Colt McCoy took a shot from James Harrison on Week 14's Thursday night game, suffered a concussion and returned to the field, the rhetoric surrounding the need for an on-hand specialist to monitor potential concussions has been cranked up.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking with CBS Sports James Brown this past Sunday, said he wanted doctors eyeing each game and its players 'at all times.' That will now happen, beginning on Christmas Eve, when the NFL sends certified athletic trainers to each NFL game in order to monitor concussions.
"NFL contacting teams asking them to put a Certified Athletic Trainer in the Press Box for this weekend's game," CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Tuesday afternoon. "College trainers may be used."
According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the mandatory officials will be paid by the NFL and approved by the NFLPA.
Aiello also said the league will send a memo to all 32 clubs Tuesday or Wednesday to break down the new protocol for using the trainer during the game.
The trainer will be situated in the press box and monitor the entire game while having direct communication to the sideline to ensure that anyone who may have suffered a concussion will receive proper medical treatment.
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