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NFL concerns affect decisions about bounty penalty
'They're not unrelated': Attention to concussions, player safety fed NFL bounty punishment
By The Associated Press

Scientific studies show head trauma can leave long-term damage. Hundreds of former players are suing the NFL in federal court, saying they weren't protected properly. Congress is paying close attention.

Part of the reason the New Orleans Saints have been punished so severely for their bounty system could be, as Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated when explaining his decision, that nothing is as critical for the league right now as the safety of players and real concern about concussions.

In the current climate, those issues seem to permeate every decision made at NFL headquarters.

Says Sen. Dick Durbin: "They're not unrelated." He is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing to examine whether sports bounties should be a crime.

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