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Topic - Stan Herring
While some may have been taken aback to watch quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Michael Vick depart games with concussions last Sunday, one member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee saw progress thanks to the league's return-to-play guidelines.
Inside the second-floor bedroom, the walls remain unchanged from five years ago: blue paint with a pasted wraparound border of footballs, baseballs, basketballs and soccer balls.
Pop Warner, the nation's oldest and largest youth football organization, is requiring a note from a doctor before letting anyone who's suffered a head injury back on the field.
Seahawks starting linebacker Aaron Curry will likely remain out until at least Thursday because of a concussion he sustained on the opening day of training camp last weekend.
"No one is more excited than me to see everybody embracing what I've talked about for three decades," Herring said. "There's a culture changing among the players and teams. I think the NFL protocol is more robust than any other sport. But I don't care how robust it is, you're never going to make a correct diagnosis every time on every player."
"I've never had so many people diagnose a condition on television in my life sometimes it's a bit of ready, fire, aim," Herring said. "But all this attention is good."