The NFL has sent a memo to every team decreeing that if a concussion is even suspected, a player is to be removed from the field.
The league reminded teams that a player should never play after suffering such an injury. The memo also explains that if a medical staff believes a player may have suffered a concussion but he has not been diagnosed, he should be taken out of the game.
The memo includes a heading that reads, "WHEN IN DOUBT LEAVE THEM OUT," advising that teams should "always err on the side of caution."
Also included is a reiteration of the "Madden Rule," which states that a player removed from a game with a concussion must be escorted to the locker room and observed for a potential need of immediate hospitalization, and that, under no circumstances, may he return to the field.
We'll surely see situations in which players think they're OK to play and say they don't want to be escorted to the locker room. The NFL is telling medical staffs that they have the authority to order a player to the locker room whether he wants to go or not.
The Browns are close to finalizing a multi-year contract with former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins, CBS Sports reported Thursday.
The report said “significant progress” has been made between the sides and that the deal will be done by the weekend.
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President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office.
Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president.
"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.
"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."
Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition.
"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."