The NFL is not commenting on the specifics of a Fox Sports report stating that all teams will be made aware of new in-game rules regarding players returning from a concussion.
League spokesman Greg Aiello offered the following statement when asked about the report: “We are continuing to review all aspects of our guidelines on concussion management and treatment.”
As the NFL Network and NFL.com reported several weeks ago, in conjunction with the work being done by the subcommittee led by John Madden, commissioner Roger Goodell is actively investigating stricter measures regulating when players are allowed to return from concussions.
Those measures include use of more independent doctors used to clear players, and more specific guidelines regarding when — or if – concussed players could return, including both in-game situations and following the injury.
The current guideline is a player can return to play (including in the same game) after being diagnosed with a concussion if he is asymptomatic (at rest and exertion) and cleared by the team doctor, except if the medical staff determines the player lost consciousness, in which case he is out for the game.
Many league sources believe it is inevitable that there will be league-wide stipulations at some point on mandatory minimums of rest time required for concussed players. The stipulations would likely depend on the severity of the concussion, the number of concussions a player had suffered and his recent history of head injuries.