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NFL to have spotter of concussion symptoms

PHOENIX - League owners voted unanimously Tuesday at the NFL's annual spring meetings to approve a rule allowing a medically trained spotter in the press box to communicate with officials and stop a game if he or she sees a player who appears to show concussion-like symptoms.

It isn't officially known as "The Julian Edelman Rule'' but likely will come to be regarded as such. Edelman caught a fourth-quarter pass in Super Bowl XLIX for the Patriots and was hit hard by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. Edelman appeared dazed after the hit but remained on the field and eventually caught the winning touchdown.

"The Edelman situation was a play we looked at and it was part of the issue,'' competition committee chairman Rich McKay said Monday when he announced the proposal. "We do not expect this to be a rule that gets used a lot. We expect it to be a fail-safe when people just don't see this player and the distress he may have had, the [certified athletic trainer] spotter does and stops the game.''

As for the proposals regarding the use and scope of instant replay, most of them were voted down or withdrawn. The league did approve a measure to use replay to correct timing errors at the end of a half or overtime. It tabled a proposal from the Patriots to add fixed cameras on the sidelines and end zones to make replay more uniform.

Bill on Revis: No big deal

Remember all that attention paid to Darrelle Revis' signing with the Jets this month? Turns out it wasn't worth it. At least according to Bill Belichick.

The Patriots coach turned on his anti-social charm at the AFC coaches' breakfast, mumbling non-answers to assorted questions. Naturally, he was asked about losing Revis to a division rival after the Patriots did not enact an option in his two-year contract.

"That's NFL free agency,'' Belichick said multiple times. "Players leave teams and go to teams in free agency every year. That's not a big story.''


Around the league

Browns coach Mike Pettine said quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of the reasons his team will not volunteer to appear on this year's "Hard Knocks.'' "It's obvious that he would be a point of attention,'' said Pettine, who was on the Jets' staff in 2010 when they were on the HBO show. Manziel has been in rehab since January but is expected to be with the team when it begins workouts in April . . . Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said the decision to give coach Chip Kelly control over personnel will take the team "from good to great'' . . . Adrian Peterson may not want to stay with the Vikings, as his agent told reporters, but one possible alternative does not appear to be in play. A source familiar with the Cowboys' situation said the team is not in the mix for the running back at this time . . . The Colts' proposal for a "bonus point'' after a two-point conversion for a possible nine-point touchdown was withdrawn. Owners are expected to vote on other PAT proposals Wednesday as the meetings wrap up.


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