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NFL misses the point about concussions


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/11/09/steelers.ap/index.html

With little attention at the time (save for Redman's), 3 Steeler players incurred concussions in last night's win. Guess without a villain to pin a BS fine nothing wrong really happened.  In the case of Moore and Allen, I didn't see either play, and it could have just as easily been 'friendly fire' as a hit by an opponent.

It perfectly demonstrates the NFL hypocricy on this issues.  Concussions happen all the time, not just from illegal hits, but from squeeky clean plays too.  Last night's game was chippy but mostly played clean between the whistles and the sidelines.  If the league wanted to take constructive steps to protect players from head injuries rather than villainizing players with no malicious intent, they'd look at practical measures like mandating improved helmet technology (helmets were originally hardened to prevent skull fractures, not mitigate against concussions) or improved dental equipment like the Maher Mouth Gaurd to better stabilize the jaw, not to mention long term health care.

We saw the Cribbs and Massquoi hits ad nauseum but barely a whiff of the 3 concussions incurred by Steelers.   I hope Redman, Moore and Allen recover well and are back in action as soon as possible.  I seriously doubt any of them will complain about the degree of impact in which they were concussed.

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