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Monday, December 26, 2011
Results of concussion survey

Associated Press

The Associated Press recently interviewed 44 NFL players -- at least one from each of the league's 32 teams -- to gauge whether concussion safety and attitudes about head injuries have changed in the past two years.

Of those who participated in the Dec. 14-22 interviews, 33 are starters, 11 are reserves; 25 play on offense, 19 play on defense; all have been in the league at least three seasons.

The questions and answers, along with the number of respondents:

1. Specifically with regard to concussions, is playing in the NFL safer, more dangerous or the same as it was in 2009, when the issue first began to get a lot of attention?

• Safer: 28

• Same: 13

• More Dangerous: 2

• Not sure: 1

2. If you get what you think could be a concussion, do you think you would hide it and try to stay in the game or immediately pull yourself out?

• Hide It: 23

• Immediately Leave: 21

3. Is that a change from 2009?

• Yes: 7

• No: 26

• No Answer: 11

4. Can more be done to protect players from head injuries?

• Yes: 18

• No: 24

• No Answer: 2

5. Should the NFL have independent neurologists at games to examine players and determine whether they should be held out because of concussions?

• Yes: 31

• No: 10

• No Answer: 3