NFL Notebook: NFLPA opposes Goodell's proposal
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The NFL Players Association opposes commissioner Roger Goodell's call for players to tell their teams' medical staffs if they think a teammate shows symptoms of a concussion, saying that is not an adequate solution.
"If every player were a medical doctor that could recognize symptoms of concussions, then that would be a great idea," NFLPA assistant executive director George Atallah said.
"I hope that the league -- instead of asking players to police each other -- would consider calling on team medical staffs and independent doctors to police the situation as closely."
During interviews of 160 NFL players conducted by The Associated Press from Nov. 2-15, 30 replied they have hidden or played down the effects of a concussion. Half said they've had at least one concussion playing football.
The death of the mother of New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was ruled a suicide. Mina Brees, an attorney from Austin, Texas, died Aug. 7 while visiting Colorado. A Colorado coroner concluded that Brees, 59, died of a prescription drug overdose and ruled the death a suicide. It took longer than three months for autopsy results to be released, but the coroner said that's typical for cases involving toxicology tests.
Chicago placed backup running back Garrett Wolfe on injured reserve, ending his season.
Detroit placed guard Stephen Peterman on the injured reserve list and signed wide receiver Eric Fowler off the practice squad.
Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards plans to appeal the $5,000 fine he received for a hit delivered to Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs Monday night. Edwards struck Cribbs with a forearm to the facemask on the final play of Baltimore's victory.
First Published November 21, 2009 12:00 am