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Goodell wants to 'pioneer new approaches' to player safety

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New Orleans, LA (Sportsbooks) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual state of the league address Friday in advance of Super Bowl XLVII, and the continued vigilance regarding player health and safety was one of the many topics he discussed.

Goodell pledged to "pioneer new approaches to player health and safety, and emphasize prevention as well as treatment." He said the competition committee will look at "eliminating certain dangerous, low blocks, further taking the head out of the game, and expanding the standards for the quality of our playing fields."

Goodell also stated that neurosurgeons will be added to game-day medical staffs and revealed plans to implement expanded physicals at the end of each season, reviewing players from a physical, mental and life skills standpoint.

More to follow...

February 1, 2013, at 02:41 PM ET
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