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In December 2009, the NFL set up new rules for checking players on the sideline during a game to determine whether they have a concussion or can get back on the field. Last week, Batjer’s committee discussed adopting a league-wide exam so each team would perform the same tests on a player who might have a head injury.

“A couple of team doctors mentioned to me that players in the past would have gone back in had it not been for our return-to-play guidelines. That’s a positive thing,” Goodell said. “But one of the things we’ve got to do is make sure there’s an awareness out there, so that when a player gets an injury, they report the injury to our medical professionals so they can be evaluated and those determinations can be made from a medical standpoint.”

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AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in Florham Park, N.J., Larry Lage in Detroit, and Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this report.