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Gisele Bundchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, revealed to Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning" that Brady suffered a concussion last year. This wouldn’t be big deal, except at no point last season was Brady listed as suffering a concussion. The NFL has enacted several changes in policy to protect the players from playing with concussions, but Bundchen’s statements seem to indicate the league may not be doing enough. What do you think? 🏈

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Former NFL player, Thomas Jones, describes what it is like to suffer a concussion, and return to the game.

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After being embarrassed nationally with lawsuits and unwanted attention, the NFL took steps to ensure athletes do not continue to play with concussions, which can lead to chronic trauma encephalopathy. Since 2013, the league has enacted a concussion protocol to assess players for head trauma that determines whether or not they can play. However, a lot of their changes have come from in-game help.

Doctors armed with binoculars, who sit in booths around stadiums, can intervene when they notice a player displaying signs of a concussion. Sideline neurologists who are on the field also have the authority to sideline an athlete, if they deem it appropriate. And if a player does suffer a concussion, they are required to pass the five-step Return-to-Participation Protocol before they can participate in contact drills.

Any team that fails to adhere to these rules can be subjected to fines, or loss of invaluable draft picks.

But the NFL can’t read the minds of the players. The league can only do so much before it’s on players to help themselves. Preventing concussions in a violent sport is impossible. However, the NFL is doing everything they can to stop players from doing further damage.

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Until there are no reports of players playing with concussions, the NFL is not doing enough to protect athletes. It’s apparent from Bundchen’s confession that league protocols aren’t consistently keeping players off the field after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

CTE is no joke. Victims of the illness show symptoms of dementialike memory loss, confusion and depression. The NFL needs to step in, and make a genuine effort to change the culture that rewards players for playing hurt.

NFL players are taught to fight through pain; to sacrifice your body for glory. You can put in all the policies you want, but if this culture still exists, they will lie their way back on to the field where they can put themselves at greater risk. Having doctors lounging around stadiums is obviously not enough.

The NFL was also investigated for attempting to influence a concussion study the leagued had pledged $30 million toward research for and subsequently pulled out. Not the best look for an organization that claims player safety is a "high priority." 

How many suicides of former NFL players will it take for the NFL to realize that it needs to do all it can do to protect athletes from themselves?

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