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The NFL is serious about brain injuries and continues searching for ways to protect NFL players from concussions. From The Washington Post:
Last year, Commissioner Roger Goodell required a player who suffers a concussion to be cleared by an outside neurologist before participating in another game or practice. Goodell also notified teams that a player no longer could return to a game or a practice if he was showing any symptoms of a concussion.

Protections have been extended for "defenseless" players during games. A runner whose forward progress has been stopped and a receiver who has made a catch but hasn't yet gathered himself cannot be hit in the head by an opponent's head, shoulder or forearm. Another new rule ends any play immediately when a ball carrier loses his helmet.
In addition to these changes, "the league and union are discussing a reduction in the number of offseason practices and restrictions on hitting in practices during training camp and the regular season." Also in the works is new helmet technology and the possible elimination of the three-point stance.

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