The NFL announced last month that players were diagnosed with 281 concussions in 2017, which represented a new high since the league started tracking total concussions six years ago and was a number that NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills called a “disappointment.” During a press conference in Minneapolis on Thursday, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that there were also more than 400 concussion evaluations during the season. Smith had a different reaction to the rise of those numbers. Smith said it was “a positive” that more players are being evaluated for concussions because it is a sign that the NFL and NFLPA are “smarter and better about delivering” the kind of medical care that led to the establishment of the concussion protocol in the first place.
NFLPA: More concussion evaluations says we’re smarter about delivering care
Pro Football Talk | Feb 2