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

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Eddie Lacy started to answer before he really thought about the question.

At first, the Green Bay Packers' rookie running back said sure he would try to stay in the Super Bowl even if he had a concussion.

“It depends on if I was able to focus, then I probably would play or go back in,” Lacy said at first.

Perhaps remembering what he felt like after his Week 2 concussion against the Washington Redskins, Lacy began to reconsider.

“But that’s a serious injury to play with," Lacy added. "So I probably wouldn’t chance it."

Nevertheless, an overwhelming number of NFL players, 85 percent of them, surveyed by ESPN’s NFL Nation this past season said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion. Of course, NFL guidelines call for players to be immediately taken out of the game if they are diagnosed with a concussion.

In the Packers’ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari reentered the game for one play after being diagnosed with a concussion before he was eventually shut down. The NFL said the Packers were not at fault and also did not fine Bakhtiari for violating the protocol.

That leads into the question about whether the NFL is committed to player safety. Among the more than 300 players surveyed, 60 percent said they felt the league was committed to player safety.