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NFL considers giving medical observers timeout to pull players

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

  • The Associated Press reported that the NFL Competition Committee is considering at the Annual Meeting a proposal to give more power to its medical observers, including the leeway to stop a game and order an unstable player off the field.
  • Penn Live reported that as late as 2011 there was still a negative concussion culture in the NFL. In an interview with former Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden said that the Steelers had a "prom date rule" – you didn't want to be escorted off the field because of an injury with a medical official holding you up.
  • The Associated Press reported the NFL has hired B. Todd Jones, the recently resigned director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to oversee player discipline.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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