MBTI member and Baltimore Ravens physician Andrew Tucker says, "The picture is not really complete until we have the opportunity to look at the same group of people over time."
2007 - In May, the NFL commissioner establishes a league-wide minimum for "baseline neurological tests" to be mandatory on sidelines. Goodell announces an offseason "concussion summit." "We're protecting the players against the players."
2007 - An NFL safety pamphlet notifies players, "Current research with professional athletes has not shown that having more than one or two concussions leads to permanent problems if each injury is managed properly."
2009 - NFL spokesman Greg Aiello acknowledges, "It's quite obvious from the medical research that's been done that concussions can lead to long-term problems,"
2009 - The NFL begins to put up posters in locker rooms that state, in part, "Concussions and conditions resulting from repeated brain injury can change your life and your family's life forever."
"This is about Roger Goodell, that fraud, covering his own ass," says former defensive lineman Dave Pear.
2009 - Goodell testifies in front of a House Judiciary Committee saying, "My approach to this concussion issue in football has been simple and direct - medical considerations must always take priority over competitive considerations."
2010 - Responding to research from neurologist Ann McKee on CTE, Ira Casson, co-chairman of the MTBI, tells Congress that, "Tau deposition is the predominant pathology in a number of other neurologic diseases that have never been linked to athletics or head trauma. Some of these diseases have genetic causes, some have environmental toxic causes, and others are still of unknown cause."
2010 - In March, the NFL creates a new committee to study concussions, distancing itself from Pellman and Ira Casson. Prominent neurologists Dr. H. Hunt Batjer and Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen are appointed as co-chairs. Batjer says the following about the MBTI: "We all had issues with some of the methodologies... the inherent conflict of interest... that was not acceptable by any modern standards or not acceptable to us."
2010 - In September, Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley suffer concussions. ESPN reports that Kolb "slammed into the turf, his eyes closed for several seconds and he was slow to get up and walk to the sideline," while Bradley, "on all fours, struggled to get up on his own power, stumbled for a few steps and toppled to the ground."
Both players had concussions. Both were returned to the game.
In a display of seriousness over player safety, Steelers linebacker James
Harrison is fined $75,000 for his hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in
an October game. Somewhat undercutting this display, the NFL sells
pictures of the hit on its website.
UPDATE: Forgive me but I forgot to thank Malcolm Burnley for the assist he lent on research. I could not have pieced this together alone. Thank you.