In a series of recent interviews with The Associated Press about head injuries, 23 of 44 NFL players — slightly more than half — say they would try to hide a concussion and stay in a game rather than pull themselves out.

Players generally indicated they are more aware now of the possible long-term effects of jarring hits to the helmet. A few say that while they would have tried to conceal a concussion during a game in 2009, now they would seek help.

Players also say they should be better protected from their own instincts. That is, more than two-thirds of the group would like to have independent neurologists on sidelines during games.

The AP spoke to at least one player from each of the league’s 32 teams.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


Howard Fendrich

AP Tennis Writer