Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his touchdown during the NFL season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedExField.
After getting a post-touchdown penalty for the second consecutive week, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips ordered his players to abide by college celebration rules. The NCAA rule book states that "after a score or any other play, the player in possession immediately must return the ball to an official or leave it near the deadball spot."
Eagles QB Michael Vick is on the same page as coach Andy Reid, Vick said Monday night, about "taking time to heal" and presumably giving Kevin Kolb another start Sunday at Tennessee. "I went and met with the doctor this morning. The movement's still not there; the mobility's still not there in my upper chest," the Eagles quarterback said in his weekly appearance on the Tony Mercurio show on ESPN 94.1-FM, in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. "We've just got to take our time and re-evaluate the situation and make sure we do what's best for the team."
The NFL is not the only football organization with a growing concern about concussions. The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council unanimously approved on Monday new regulations for concussion management. Athletes will have to sit out at least a day. Any player sustaining a head injury won't be allowed to return to a game or practice that same day, regardless of severity. Players with concussions would need clearance from a licensed medical professional to return. The new regulations will go into effect Aug. 1, 2011. The current requirements allow players to return if they don't show symptoms for 15 minutes.