BEREA, Ohio — The NFL will require teams to place certified athletic trainers in the press box to help monitor head injuries, a result of the Browns' failure to test quarterback Colt McCoy for a concussion.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirms that the league will send a memo to all 32 clubs Tuesday or Wednesday to explain the new protocol. The trainer will be able to monitor the entire game without distraction to inform medical staff on the field of any potential head injuries.
The new rule was first reported by Charley Casserly of CBS.
McCoy sustained a concussion Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. Although laid out on an illegal hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison, the QB was not tested for a concussion and the Browns sent him back in the game after two plays.
The league and union met with the team last week to discuss its handling of the injury. Team president Mike Holmgren said McCoy did not display symptoms of a concussion on the field and the team's medical staff did not test him because they did not see Harrison's vicious hit.