- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

The NFL soon will have its teams work with independent neurologists on concussion issues.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement the policy as soon as details can be worked out. The neurologists will work with the teams’ medical staffs.

Goodell recently called for players to tell their teams’ medical staffs if they think a teammate shows symptoms of a concussion. He and union director DeMaurice Smith also testified before Congress at hearings on football head injuries.

The Associated Press this month conducted a survey of 160 NFL players - about 10 percent of the league - and 30 replied that they have hidden or played down the effects of a concussion.

PACKERS: Coach Mike McCarthy said knee injuries to cornerback Al Harris and outside linebacker Aaron Kampman suffered against the 49ers on Sunday “did not look very good” and were cause for concern.

McCarthy said the team would have more definitive information Monday.

Harris was injured in the fourth quarter and was carted to the locker room. While on the cart, he pulled his sock down and tried to brace his left knee; the team did not identify which knee was injured.

Kampman also appeared to hurt his left knee, which buckled on a play in the third quarter. Kampman walked off the field with a limp, then headed to a cart and was taken to the locker room.

BILLS: Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch left Sunday’s game at Jacksonville with a shoulder injury.

Lynch was taken to the locker room on a cart in the second quarter. He returned to the field after halftime wearing street clothes.

The Bills also lost two starting offensive linemen on consecutive series in the third quarter. Guard Seth McKinney left the game limping, then guard Eric Wood left on a cart with a brace on his left leg. Neither returned to the field.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Kurt Warner went out in the second quarter of Arizona’s win over the Rams in St. Louis.

It appeared Warner was hurt by safety O.J. Atogwe’s high hit on a blitz that drove the quarterback’s head into the turf. Warner lay on the field for a few seconds before getting up and stayed in the game for the last six plays of a 90-yard drive.

Matt Leinart replaced Warner late in the second quarter.

RAMS: Quarterback Marc Bulger said he took a blow to the head on the team’s final possession against the Cardinals and will undergo evaluation Monday.

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