Concussions in focus

November, 29, 2009
11/29/09
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The seriousness of football players and concussions is a topic that deserves more consistent media attention.

On a day when Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be the Steelers' No. 3 quarterback because of post-concussion headaches, and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is reportedly set to sit out after suffering a concussion last week, a brighter-than-normal spotlight has been shined on the issue.

Closer to home, Patriots Sebastian Vollmer, Pat Chung and Stephen Neal recently have had head injuries that were presumably concussions. Both Vollmer and Chung returned to action after being diagnosed with their head injuries. Neal did not.

Neal, who was injured against the Colts Nov. 15 and did not play last week, was asked about the issue.

"In all the cases, the similar thing is that you have to trust the training staff," he said. "Whatever they tell you to do, you have to agree with it. If you don't, that's when you have problems. Whatever they say to do, you have to be on board with it because they know best."

Fox Sports reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell will expand restrictions on returning to games for players who sustain head trauma. ESPN's Chris Mortensen has more on the issue.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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