NFLPA Should Take a Tip from Aussie Rugby, by Pressing for Roster Expansion to Accommodate Schedule Expansion and Concussions


The Australian New South Wales Rugby League now has plans to add an additional, 18th man to the league’s squads, as “concussion substitutes.” (New South Wales is the southeastern Australia province, within which Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is located). The league will also mandate a 14-day sit-out period for players who have been removed for concussions.

The NFL Players’ Association should, in its upcoming CBA negotiations with the NFL, press for a similar roster expansion, in response to the league’s desire to expand the number of games per season, from 16 to 17, but also to generate the kind of roster flexibility which will decrease pressures to re-insert into the line-up players who have had significant head-trauma or contact. Such additional players will allow the NFL and NFLPA to more firmly commit to a “When In Doubt, Sit ‘Em Out” policy to be applied to players suffering apparent significant head contact or trauma.

About brewonsouthu

lawyer, with interest in college sports and NCAA oversight and decisions, and sports generally.
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