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

By Paul Gutierrez

It might be the hottest of hot-button topics in the NFL and, with the biggest game of their professional lives on the horizon, 85 percent of 320 players asked in an ESPN.com survey said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion.

And yet, 60 percent of those same players thought the NFL was committed to player safety.

Those are the numbers in the anonymous survey conducted by all 32 of our NFL Nation reporters, who asked 10 players on each of their respective teams: True or false, I’d play in the Super Bowl with a concussion ... and true or false, the NFL is committed to player safety.

The raw numbers -- 272 players said true to the concussion question, 48 answered false, and 192 said true to the player safety question, 128 said false.

In the Oakland Raiders locker room, 80 percent of the anonymous players surveyed said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion, while just 40 percent thought the NFL was committed to player safety.