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Fielkow's Law: Navigating The NFL's Concussion Protocol

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

Let me just get this out of the way: I'm no doctor. Quite frankly, I can't stand the site of blood and I may be one of the worst people in the world when it comes to getting a shot. That said, I am qualified to analyze one of the most troublesome, and unfortunately, common injuries in the NFL today: concussions. Now don't get me wrong; I am not here to delve deep into medical specifics regarding the injury or even analyze the long-term consequences of being hit in the head too many times (though I think we can all agree that the consequences are not good, and apparently so does the NFL, to the tune of $765 million). I'll leave that analysis to our good friend at RotoWire, Jeff Stotts. What I can do is equally as critical to fantasy owners: namely, arm owners with knowledge detailing the ins-and-outs of the strict NFL concussion policy and what barriers a player must overcome to suit up on Sunday.

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