AP interviews of NFL players about concussions

The Associated Press recently interviewed 44 NFL players – at

least one from each of the league’s 32 teams – to gauge whether

concussion safety and attitudes about head injuries have changed in

the past two years.

Of those who participated in the Dec. 14-22 interviews, 33 are

starters, 11 are reserves; 25 play on offense, 19 play on defense;

all have been in the league at least three seasons.

The questions and answers, along with the number of

respondents:

Specifically with regard to concussions, is playing in the NFL

safer, more dangerous or the same as it was in 2009, when the issue

first began to get a lot of attention?

-Safer: 28

-Same: 13

-More Dangerous: 2

-Not sure: 1

If you get what you think could be a concussion, do you think

you would hide it and try to stay in the game or immediately pull

yourself out?

-Hide It: 23

-Immediately Leave: 21

Is that a change from 2009?

-Yes: 7

-No: 26

-No Answer: 11

Can more be done to protect players from head injuries?

-Yes: 18

-No: 24

-No Answer: 2

Should the NFL have independent neurologists at games to examine

players and determine whether they should be held out because of

concussions?

-Yes: 31

-No: 10

-No Answer: 3