NFL and Union Approve Neurologists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and its players union have approved independent doctors to evaluate head injuries for about half of the 32 teams so far as part of a new program.

The NFL Players Association medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, told The Associated Press on Monday that "the quality of people brought forward has been first rate" and none of the doctors proposed by teams has been rejected so far.

Mayer and the NFL's medical adviser are vetting the doctors jointly.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail to the AP that there is no deadline for implementing the new setup across the league.

The NFL said Sunday it is requiring teams to find outside experts in neurology to aid their medical staffs when players get concussions.

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