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NFL, NFLPA meeting with Browns to 'examine procedures and identify areas for further discussion' concerning concussions, league spokesman says

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 13, 2011

Representatives of the NFL and the NFL Players Association are meeting with the Browns today to discuss the way the team handled quarterback Colt McCoy after he suffered a concussion as a result of a helmet-to-facemask hit he absorbed from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Thursday night at Heinz Field. After taking the blow, McCoy sat out two plays before re-entering the game late in the fourth quarter.

In an e-mail response sent today to the Beacon Journal, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote, "The purpose of the meeting is to examine procedures and identify areas for further discussion with other medical experts, Commissioner [Roger] Goodell and the union. Any changes in policy or procedures would be made by the commissioner in conjunction with our Head, Neck and Spine medical committee and the NFLPA."

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith issued the following statement about the union's meeting with the Browns: "We made visits pursuant to new procedures in the CBA that are designed to protect our players. We will examine what we learned and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the compliance with procedures and facilitate the protection of the Players."

The incident involving McCoy could prompt the NFL to assign independent neurologists to oversee future games,? sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Harrison has been suspended one game for striking McCoy, the league announced today.

 

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