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

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- In our ongoing NFL Nation survey, it’s time to visit questions that players were asked to answer with true or false.

Let’s take them one at a time. First off, players were asked to say true or false to whether they’d play in the Super Bowl with a concussion. Around the league, 85 percent of the players surveyed gave true as an answer. The 10 responses I received from members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in that same range.

Personally, I find it a little disturbing that 85 percent of players said they would play with a concussion. That comes after several years of extensive media coverage about the long-term problems that come with concussions. I understand this is a macho sport and players don’t like to show weakness. But I think it’s a little crazy to play with a condition that might leave you open to long-term damage.

The second question was “The NFL is committed to player safety." Sixty percent of players said true. Again, the Buccaneers were in that range. But several of the players that said false said the NFL likes to act as if player safety is paramount, but doesn’t always follow through on that.