The NFL is still making progress with the NFL Players Association, the players union and a host of other players’ groups in negotiations over the next four months.
Here are some key developments:• The NFLPA reached a tentative agreement with the league on the issues of the concussion protocol and medical testing, including the creation of a concussion-awareness program, the league said Thursday.• The players union, which includes former players, players’ aides and other representatives, agreed to “open discussions with the Commissioner regarding possible changes to the NFL Concussion Policy,” the union said.• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the union reached an agreement on a joint plan to improve player safety.
The NFLPA’s contract includes provisions to prevent the player from receiving compensation if he or she tests positive for a concussion.
It also provides for an independent investigation by a former member of the league’s medical advisory board.
The union said the agreement was reached on July 28, the day the union and the league were set to meet to discuss a proposed settlement.
The agreement includes a provision allowing the league to suspend players who are found to have a concussion for up to six months.
The NFL said it would not extend the suspension beyond that time period.
The players union is trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, which is expected to be completed in the next few months.
A final agreement is expected in December.