NFL Announces $100M Initiative for Head Injuries

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The NFL has recently announced a major player safety initiative regarding concussions.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says when it comes to head injuries, we can do better.

Under the initiative, $60 million will be devoted toward developing technology such as improved helmets. About $40 million will be allotted for medical research.

“A 100 million dollars is no drop in the bucket,” CBS Sports writer Ryan Wilson says. “This is a billion dollar industry, no doubt. But they do seem legitimately concerned about making the game safer and Goodell’s been saying that for several years now.”

Wilson says head injury research has advanced as they hear about players that pass away and subsequently are found to have CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). He adds these are major concerns, not just for Goodell – but for the entire league.

“If it’s found that CTE is linked up with playing football, it could jeopardize the whole business of the NFL,” Wilson says. “That’s a huge problem for players, and of course the 32 owners and Goodell.”

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