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Why the NFL’s Concussion Policy Is Failing

The system is supposed to work. A player is watched by not only a team’s medical staff, but also the officiating crew, a specialized observer up in the booth with the replay official and the plethora of cameras that show every angle of every play.

When any of these people spots a possible concussion, an independent neurologist on the sidelines will conduct a series of tests and determine whether a player needs to be taken off the field or if he’ll return to the game.

Except that’s not how it works at all.

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