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2017 Health and Safety Report released by the NFL


Sixth Annual Report Outlines Progress of the NFL’s

Health and Safety Efforts and Play Smart. Play Safe. Initiative ​

NEW YORK, NY—Oct. 31, 2017—The National Football League (NFL) today released the 2017 Health and Safety Report, which highlights progress under the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, as well as other NFL player health and safety efforts. The digital report—featuring a wide variety of interactive content—can be found here: https://annualreport.playsmartplaysafe.com/.

“Outlined in this year’s report is a demonstration of our ongoing efforts to both learn and do more,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter introducing the 2017 NFL Health and Safety Report. “We will continue to seek solutions to ensure our entire football family and all those who love to play the game are provided with the best information, tools and support to protect their health and well-being.”

 

In September 2016, Commissioner Goodell announced the launch of Play Smart. Play Safe.—a League-wide health and safety initiative—to drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries, enhance medical protocols and procedures, and further improve the way the game is taught and played at all levels. Of the $100 million Play Smart. Play Safe. commitment, the League pledged $60 million to the Engineering Roadmap—an effort to improve the understanding of the biomechanics of head injuries in professional football and to create incentives for small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and helmet manufacturers to develop new protective equipment—with $40 million of the total funding commitment allocated for medical research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience.

 

“The NFL has the unique opportunity to be a leader in health and safety and as we make advances they will be shared with our players, the broader sports community, the medical world and the public at large,” said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer. “The League has made great strides in this effort so far, and it is my job to explore where and how we can continue to improve. I look forward to the progress that’s to come.”

 

Since 2012, the NFL has released an annual report highlighting the League’s ongoing commitment to health and safety, including its collaborative work with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to improve protections for players. The NFL’s sixth annual report highlights key updates on the league’s efforts, including:

  • Implementing five additional rules changes intended to reduce the risk of injuries, especially to the head and neck—totaling 47 health and safety-related rules changes since 2002;
  • Updating the NFL Concussion Diagnosis and Management Protocol to reflect the 2017 Berlin Conference on Concussion in Sport;
  • Continuing to transform game day sidelines to ensure they are equipped with the best tools, technology and experts to care for NFL players—including new sideline medical examination tents to immediately evaluate players in private following an injury;
  • Launching a pilot program to increase access to athletic trainers by providing funding to public high schools with football programs that have limited or no access to an athletic trainer;
  • Awarding more than $600,000 to five winners to support product development for innovative protective equipment concepts as part of the HeadHealthTECH Challenge series—part of the Engineering Roadmap;
  • Announcing Dynamic Research Incorporated as the grand prize winner of Head Health Challenge III for the creation of a new material system for protective gear for athletes, first responders, military personnel, and others who face potential impact injuries; and,
  • Launching a funding opportunity—led by the Scientific Advisory Board—for innovative translational research on concussion and comorbid conditions.

 

For more information on these efforts and more, visit playsmartplaysafe.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL opens Week 9 with Thursday night feature, Buffalo visiting the NY Jets

THURSDAY NIGHT NOTES:

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS

November 2, 2017

Week 9 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NFLN) with a battle of AFC East rivals as the New York Jets welcome the Buffalo Bills to MetLife Stadium. The Bills and Jets will meet for the 115th time (including the postseason), with the Bills holding a 61-53 advantage. Buffalo quarterback TYROD TAYLOR passed for two touchdowns and safety JORDAN POYER recorded a sack and an interception in the Bills’ 21-12 victory over the Jets on Kickoff Weekend.

Buffalo enters Week 9 following a 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Buffalo running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 151 yards with a touchdown last week and has eight games with at least 150 rushing yards since 2013, the most in the NFL over that span. Bills safety MICAH HYDE leads the league with five interceptions this season and has 13 interceptions since 2014, tied for the fourth-most among NFL safeties. The Jets look to rebound following a 25-20 loss to Atlanta in Week 8. New York quarterback JOSH MC COWN completed 26 of 33 passes (78.8 percent) for 257 yards with two touchdowns for a 119.3 passer rating last week and is the only quarterback in franchise history with multiple touchdown passes and a 60+ completion percentage in four consecutive games. Jets linebacker DEMARIO DAVIS had 14 tackles in the last meeting and is the only NFL player with at least 60 tackles (67) and two sacks (2.5) in 2017.

For the Week 9 Bills-Jets capsule, click here​.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl on sale now

 

New Voting Window Opens from November 14 to December 14

NFL Network to Reveal Player Selections on December 19

The League’s brightest stars are returning to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium for the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Tickets to the game are now on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000.

With a new start time of 3:00 PM ET, the 2018 Pro Bowl will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC – the first time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks. Special group ticket packages, including access to VIP seating at Pro Bowl practices, are available by calling (646) 688-5705.

Premium Pro Bowl packages, including VIP parties and hotel accommodations, can also be purchased through On Location Experiences (OLE), the NFL’s official source for event experiences and hospitality. More information on Pro Bowl gameday and weekend packages is available at NFLOnLocation.com.

Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players, and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 players who will be eligible for the game. Rosters for the game will be announced on “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed,” an NFL Network special airing on Tuesday, December 19 at 8:00 PM ET.

A new month-long Pro Bowl voting period begins on Tuesday, November 14 and concludes on Thursday, December 14. Fans can vote online and via web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote to help send their favorite players to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl.

NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 15. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches, and players to determine its All-Star teams, and it was the first professional sports league to offer online voting for such an event in 1995.

For the second consecutive year, the NFL will host Pro Bowl Week festivities across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events will include:

  • Pro Bowl Experience: A free football festival located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort, where fans can participate in immersive exhibits, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, attend player autograph sessions, and more.
  • Pro Bowl Practices: AFC and NFC team practices – which are free and open to the public – will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, allowing fans to watch their favorite players as they get ready for the game.
  • Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: For the second straight year, this unique competition will test the athletic prowess of the NFL’s best players in unique competitions.

In the week leading up to the game, the NFL will also recognize youth and high school football players, coaches and programs in special ways, including the NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football, the USA Football National Conference, a congregation of administrators, coaches and leaders in youth and high school football, and the announcement of the prestigious Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. The 2017 Pro Bowl marked the first autism-friendly game hosted by a professional sports league. The NFL will continue to accommodate fans with a variety of sensory issues at the 2018 game at Camping World Stadium, which became a sensory-inclusive venue earlier this year.

Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl with support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium on gameday to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

Fans are encouraged to visit NFL.com/ProBowl for the latest Pro Bowl information.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Week 8 Top seven statistical highlights in the NFL Sunday October 29

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 8

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 9:30 a.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 29, the eighth week of the 2017 season.​

  • Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for a franchise-record 452 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over Houston. Wilson, in his sixth season, has seven career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (10) and BRETT FAVRE (nine) have more such games in a player’s first six seasons.

    Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns against Seattle.

    Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

Watson has 16 touchdown passes in his past four games, the most in league annals by a rookie in any four-game span.

This season, Watson has 19 passing touchdowns, the most ever by a rookie in his first seven games of a season. Watson has also passed Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (18 from 1998-1999) for the most passing touchdowns by a player in his first seven career games.

  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 23 of 28 passes (82.1 percent) for 299 yards in the Saints’ 20-12 win over Chicago. Brees has 6,011 career completions and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (6,300) and PEYTON MANNING (6,125) as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 completions.

Brees reached the milestone in his 240th career game and is the fastest in NFL history to accomplish the feat (Manning, 259 games and Favre, 286).

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 333 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Patriots’ 21-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Brady, who has played his entire career with the Patriots, has 44 games with at least 300 passing yards and no interceptions. That is tied with DREW BREES (44 with New Orleans) for the most such games with a single team in NFL history.
  • Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 33-10 win over San Francisco. Wentz has thrown 19 touchdown passes this season, the most by a quarterback in franchise history through the team’s first eight games. The previous mark of 17 touchdown passes was shared by Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN (1960) and NORM SNEAD (1967).
  • Buffalo running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Bills’ 34-14 win over Oakland. Over the past five seasons, McCoy has eight games with at least 150 rushing yards, the most in the NFL during that span.
  • Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 33-19 win at Washington. Elliott, who played in his 22nd career game, has 21 rushing touchdowns and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS and BILLY SIMS for the third-fastest to reach 20 career rushing touchdowns since the 1970 merger. Only Hall of Famers EARL CAMPBELL and ERIC DICKERSON (20 games) reached 20 career rushing touchdowns in fewer games since the merger.
  • Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS had a sack and forced fumble in the Panthers’ 17-3 win at Tampa Bay. Peppers has 151 career sacks and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer CHRIS DOLEMAN (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Minnesota defensive end EVERSON GRIFFEN recorded one sack in the Vikings’ 33-16 win over Cleveland at London’s Twickenham Stadium in the fourth and final 2017 London Series game in the United Kingdom. Griffen, who has 10 sacks and has recorded at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ eight games this season, is the third player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games of a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. He joins Indianapolis’ DWIGHT FREENEY (2009) andROBERT MATHIS (2005) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end JOEY BOSA had a sack in the team’s loss at New England. Bosa has19 sacks in 20 career games, the most sacks by a player in his first 20 games to begin a career sincethe individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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