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On Friday, the NFLPA will hold its second Player Safety and Welfare Summit in Indy, an all-day event that gives manufacturers a platform to discuss products and services to make the game safer. Later that evening, team doctors will have their annual meeting to discuss better treatments for players. Part of the discussion, Rettig said, will focus on head injuries.
Rettig, the Colts' team physician, and other doctors will spend four days examining players to make sure teams are investing in athletes with a clean bill of health -- and that goes beyond brain trauma. After Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died in January from a heart attack, there is also renewed interest in cardiological issues.
"Invariably we have one or two players that are found to have conditions that are not reported, that are life-threatening in some cases," Colts president Bill Polian said.
But all players could face new rounds of questioning during the 15-minute team interviews.
Traditionally, decision-makers such as Polian and Minnesota's Rick Spielman have used the allotted time to measure football aptitude, whether it's through questions and answers or psychological tests.
This year, the expanded discussions may include head injuries.
"You may talk about it a little bit more if a guy had a concussion history coming out of college, that you may want to dab into that a little bit deeper just to make sure," Spielman said this week.
The question: How many of the answers will be the whole truth?
NFL prospects have a vested interest in making it through the evaluation process without any red flags, which could send them down the draft board and cost them millions.
"That's always an issue not only with concussions but with all injuries, trying to improve status by minimizing other injuries," Rettig said. "I think that's one area where the ImPACT test will help us. The ImPACT might pick up the problems."
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