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NFL discussing 'next steps for improving league guidelines' on concussions, spokesman says

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 20, 2011

The NFL is discussing potential changes to its protocol for handling concussions in light of the way the Browns dealt with quarterback Colt McCoy's concussion Dec. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McCoy sat out two plays and re-entered the game after taking a devastating helmet-to-facemask hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. McCoy was not tested for a concussion on the sideline before he returned to action, Browns President Mike Holmgren said.

"We are discussing (the) next steps for improving league guidelines," league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote today in an e-mail response. "Any changes will be communicated to the teams as soon as they are determined."

The NFL Players Association has not yet decided whether to file a grievance against the Browns, union spokesman Carl Francis wrote today in an e-mail response.

McCoy has not practiced since he was hurt. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said today quarterback Seneca Wallace "more than likely will be the starter, for sure" Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens.

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