By Howard Fendrich, AP Pro Football Writer
PHOENIX (AP) — The rate of concussions among NFL players fell 25 percent this season, according to the league, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list rose overall.
Data provided to The Associated Press by the NFL ahead of its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference Thursday shows there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012, a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.
When preseason games, plus preseason and regular-season practices, are included, the 202 concussions this season declined 12 percent from 2013, and 23 percent from 2012. That’s despite no new rules meant to protect players’ heads.
“Players are changing the way they’re tackling,” NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller said. “They’re changing the way they play the…
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