NFL-NFLPA hold joint healthy and safety conference call

NFL teams held early practices, a change of schedule to account for an 11 a.m. NFL-NFL Players Association health and safety conference call.

“I think it’s great,” Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown said Friday in advance of the call. “The league has really been taking on a lot of measures to prevent harmful injuries, mainly concussion. I think it’s good to have this meeting to bring more awareness to it. It will be interesting. We’ll see how it plays out.”

The NFL and the players’ union issued a joint statement about the meeting this morning outlining plans to conduct a third-party survey about health and safety issues.

“In support of our shared commitment to player health and safety, the NFL and NFL Players Association jointly retained a third-party company to design and administer to all NFL players a survey asking their opinions and experiences on a wide range of health and safety-related topics,” the statement said. “Each response will be maintained in the strictest confidence, and the overall results will remain confidential. The parties will use the results to identify areas that are working well and those in need of improvement. Where appropriate selected data may be shared with the teams’ medical staffs. This exercise is required by the parties’ 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for the Houston Chronicle

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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