Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Goodell Talks Alex Smith and Player Safety


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference on Friday at New Orleans, and he discussed a variety of topics with the media.

One of them was regarding Alex Smith’s concussion, which led to him losing his starting job at quarterback to Colin Kaepernick.

“I believe very strongly there’s a difference between a medical decision and a football decision,” Goodell said. “I’m glad he came forward and identified he had an injury.”

Smith suffered the injury in Week 11 against Rams, and Kaepernick has taken advantage by leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Does this scare other players in the future from reporting injuries from fear that they will lose their job?

“I understand the somewhat dilemma,” Goodell said of reporting injuries. “The highest priority needed is players rising their hand when they have an injury.”

The Washington Post reported that more than 75 percent of players don’t trust their team medical staff, an alarmingly high rate considering that this is a sport filled with contact and injuries.

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