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NFL: Concussions down on kickoffs

Updated: March 26, 2012, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Moving kickoffs up 5 yards last season did exactly what the NFL sought, reducing concussions.

"The kickoff rule had an effect on the game," said Rich McKay, chairman of the league's competition committee. "There was a 40-percent reduction in concussions on that play."

The league repeatedly has said the change to kicking off from the 35-yard line was done solely for player safety. McKay said Monday at the owners meetings it served that purpose.

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