Dean Blandino says NFL might try using eighth on-field official

Friday's health and safety news from the world of football:

  • NFL Media's Judy Battista reported Friday that the league is considering adding an eighth official who will focus on interior line play, according to vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.
  • The Hartford Courant reported on the new House bill in Connecticut that would limit the amount of time youth athletes can play full-contact sports, including football.
  • KTVB-TV in Boise talked to major helmet manufacturers about the star ratings for helmets conducted by Virginia Tech.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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