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In a hearing before Congress in May, Ellenbogen outlined a six-point approach by the NFL to deal with head trauma. Under the program, the league will build a database that will log every concussion for each player; study the effects of concussions on retired players; improve equipment, notably helmets; advocate for athletes in all sports; advance the understanding of concussions; and revise and continually improve the return to play criteria for athletes.

Curry laughed when told he is essentially the NFL’s first test case.

“Yeah, I guess I am,” he said.

The outside linebacker said it was “amazing” how quickly Seahawks trainer Sam Ramsden rushed to him after his hit on Forsett. He said Ramsden saw something not quite right with the way Curry was returning to the huddle.

“He tricked me,” Curry said. “He said he had to fix something with my facemask _ then he hid my helmet.”

The league has implemented new return-to-play guidelines for players who sustain head injuries in a practice or game. Teams must now consult with an independent neurologist whenever a player sustains a head injury.

Curry also saw Dr. Stan Herring, a Seahawks team physician who is considered an expert on brain trauma. Herring, who was on the sideline Wednesday as Curry returned to team scrimmaging, is the co-medical director of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program. He recently led an effort to get a new concussion law passed in Washington state that sets conditions for how head injuries are to be dealt with in youth sports.

For a week Curry was tested on recognizing colors and shapes, on short-term memory and focus, on completing sentences and doing word association. He returned to practice this week only after those results matched the baseline results Seattle’s doctors got from him _ and all other 2009 Seahawks _ last summer.

Curry says he never thought he’d had a concussion while starring at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, N.C., or at Wake Forest.

Now, he knows better.

“People say they get so-called ‘dinged,’” Curry said. “No, you are concussed.

“I’m just glad I got it taken care of. It’s out of my mind now. I’m clear.”

Curry is still getting used to his new helmet with different shell and padding that is touted to reduce the risk of concussions. He may not play in Saturday’s preseason opener against Tennessee.

Until he returns to game action, has Curry learned through this scare to dial back in practice at least?

He shakes his head from side to side and pouts his lips.

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