NFL Teams Approve Medical Timeout Based on Communication to Side Judge

March 24, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL has taken another step in its efforts to prevent and limit the damage done by head trauma and other serious injuries, as teams voted at this year's NFL owners meetings to institute a medical timeout during games.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN has the report:
Kent Somers of AZCentral.com has more on one reason the league approved the timeout this offseason:
NFL competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay said the NFL looked at the Edelman situation in weighing the change, according to John Keim of ESPN.com, and he discussed the reasoning behind the move:
It came a little bit from the health and safety committee just saying, "we've got these (certified athletic trainers) spotters. They've got a really good vantage point. They've got technology in their booth. They're communicating pretty well with our trainers and doctors, and we've got a pretty good rhythm going there." Why would we miss a play when a player should come out?
In essence, the new rule...

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