The NFL has told its game officials to watch closely for concussion symptoms in players.
Ten days after San Diego guard Kris Dielman sustained a head injury against the Jets and later suffered a seizure on the team's flight home from New York, the league's injury and safety panel issued the directive.
Dielman was concussed with approximately 12 minutes remaining in the Oct. 23 game, after which he struggled to maintain balance. He finished the game despite the head injury and was not assessed until after the loss to New York.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh finally gets the chance to put his bitter ending to last season in the past.
Nearly 10 months after his dropped pass ended Baltimore's playoff chances, Houshmandzadeh is back in the NFL with Oakland, hoping a reunion with his old quarterback and his former position coach will help lead the Raiders to the playoffs.
Houshmandzadeh practiced for the first time with his new team a day after signing with Oakland. But he needed no introductions to quarterback Carson Palmer, his teammate for six seasons in Cincinnati, or coach Hue Jackson, his receivers coach for three years in Cincinnati.
Bubba Smith, the former NFL player-turned-actor and TV pitchman, died of acute drug intoxication and other conditions, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.
A caretaker at the 66-year-old Smith's home in Baldwin Hills found his body on Aug. 3.
Autopsy results showed the 6-foot-7 Smith had high levels of the weight-loss drug phentermine in his system, coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said in a news release. He also had heart disease, an enlarged heart, and up to 75 percent blockage of some blood vessels.
Smith was the top overall pick in the 1967 draft after playing at Michigan State, where he was an All-America pick in 1966.
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb sat out practice with a turf toe injury and said his ability to play against St. Louis on Sunday would be determined by how much his condition improves on a daily basis. . . . The Minnesota Vikings look unlikely to get any decision from the state's legislature this year on financing for a new stadium. Gov. Mark Dayton says the stadium push is in "limbo" and complains that leading lawmakers won't support his efforts to settle the issue before the team's lease at the Metrodome runs out at the end of the season. . . . Cedric Benson was back at practice with the Bengals, ending a two-week layoff. The running back went home to Texas for the Bengals' bye week, then stayed there to serve a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.
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