The NFL will reportedly pay for independent athletic trainers to attend games for the sole purpose of monitoring concussions in each game, according to a tweet from Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com.
This most recent measure to protect players against potential brain injuries comes just two weeks after Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was left in the game following a major hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. The helmet-to-helmet hit resulted in a concussion. It was later revealed that the Browns' trainers were not aware of McCoy's concussion because they were too busy tending to other players at the time of the hit.
The NFL Players Association has launched an investigation into the incident.
McCoy did not accompany the team to their game this weekend in Arizona, and Harrison was forced to sit out Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a one-game suspension as a result of the hit.