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.”