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Head-injury rule will bar players' return

Updated: November 29, 2009, 3:30 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

The NFL and NFL Players Association are finalizing a policy that would effectively prohibit a player from re-entering a game that he exits with a concussion-related injury.

Such a policy will be effective immediately once both sides sign off on the document.

"We're really at a stage where we're dotting the i's and crossing the t's," Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA's medical director, said on Saturday. "We're waiting on the final draft."

Also under discussion with NFL commissioner ...

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