NFL: Concussions down 11.3 percent this season

The NFL said Thursday the number of concussions had fallen 11.3 percent from the 2015 to 2016 seasons.
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The league has implemented new rules and practices in recent years in an attempt to reduce the number of concussions, including adding medical personnel on the sideline and strengthening its concussion protocol.

The data released Thursday showed the number of concussions fell from 275 in 2015 to 244 this past season. In the five years since the league has published concussion data, the number has dropped 6.5 percent from 261 in 2012.

John Carlson Elite Jersey The only notable change on the injury report Thursday was Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missing practice because of an illness.

For the Patriots, safety Nate Ebner (concussion) was out while WR Danny Amendola (ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (knee), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) were limited.

Falcons DE Dwight Freeney practiced after a rest day Wednesday. WR Julio Jones (toe) and C Alex Mack (fibula) are not practicing this week.
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The good news for the Redskins is that even if they lose, it probably won’t be that embarrassing because there’s a good chance that no one will be there to see it. By my count, there were roughly 146 fans at the Rams’ season opener on Sunday.

The Rams’ marketing team needs to step up their game and offer something like free plastic surgery with each ticket. I mean, I lived in Southern California for two years and I know that would get me to the game, especially this week because my cheeks are looking a little saggy.

I think Bill does a great job, Belichick said. He’s a very good fundamental coach. He does an excellent job of teaching the quarterbacks fundamentals. He’s an excellent play-caller and game-planner, game-plan coach, does an excellent job of attacking weaknesses. But he Joe Carter Authentic Jersey also brings a physicality and a toughness element to the offense and the team that I think is important.

TV viewership of NFL games was down 12.3 percent after Week 1 and had narrowed the gap to 7.3 percent after Week 5.

After Week 1 this season, each successive week’s NFL telecasts drew more fans than last season 鈥?although Week 6 was the smallest year-over-year gain.