NFL concussions rise despite safety moves...

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NFL players suffered 224 diagnosed concussions in the 2019 regular season and pre-season combined, 10 more than in 2018 but still off alarming 2017 totals, the league announced Thursday. The data showed a rise from the 214 concussions in the 2018 season but remained well off the 281 over the same period in 2017, which pushed the NFL to ban using helmets to initiate contact and changed helmet designs to improve safety. "Candidly, we need to have much more research by the (NFL Scouting Combine, which starts February 23) -- how rules affect all injuries, whether rules changes were effective," said Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president of health and safety.

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