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Monday, January 27, 2014
NFLN survey/player safety: Ravens

By Jamison Hensley

In the latest ESPN.com survey, 85 percent of players polled said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion.

While the high number is disturbing because of the risk involved, it doesn't surprise me. Winning a ring will always be a goal, especially for players who have been in the league for more than five years and have already hit the big payday.

Just look at the Baltimore Ravens last season. Ray Lewis came back from torn triceps and wore a brace in order to win a championship in his final season. Ed Reed returned in the Super Bowl after spraining a ligament in his knee. It's hard to keep players off the field when they're that close to the prize.

In a related question, 65 percent of players believe the NFL is committed to player safety. I didn't expect this number to be as high. Players have complained about the NFL being too hypocritical on this subject. The NFL has cracked down on hits to the head, but the league expanded the schedule for Thursday night games and is talking about adding either more regular-season or playoff games.