NEW YORK 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 teams flight home from New York, the league's injury and safety panel issued the directive Wednesday.
Our game officials will receive concussion awareness training and will remain alert to possible concussions during games, league spokesman Greg Aiello said. If an official believes a player may have suffered a concussion, he should take appropriate steps to alert the team and get medical attention for the player. 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.