An Associated Press report confirms that the NFL plans to reveal a new sideline concussion test that they will implement in the 2011 season on Friday during the NFL Combine.
But the NFL says the new sideline test will include a checklist of symptoms, a limited neurologic evaluation and a balance assessment. It will employ many components of the evaluation process developed during a Concussion in Sport meeting at Zurich in 2008.
The test was developed by the NFL's Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, with input from the NFL team physicians and athletic trainers and their professional associations.
"Man, nobody paid attention to that video," Ward told the magazine. "We don't know what they want. They're so hypocritical sometimes. They came out with these new helmets that are supposed to stop concussions. If they care so much about our safety, why don't they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they're so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you're going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don't give a f—- about concussions.
If the NFL is attempting to prove to players that they are trying to prevent concussions as best as they can, it could be a positive sign that labor negotiations are heading in the right direction instead of towards a lockout when the current CBA expires on March 4.