Trust Your Doctor? NFL Players Don't

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NEW ORLEANS — While player safety has emerged as a popular NFL discussion topic in recent seasons, Robert Griffin III’s knee injury earlier this month threw team medical doctors into the spotlight. On Thursday, the NFL Players Association will reveal a survey that finds four in five NFL players do not trust their team’s medical staff.


“Our players are more aware today about the obligations of their team doctors to them as patients and not just football players,” said DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA executive director. “The results seem to indicate a gap in what they expect from their team doctors and the way they're actually treated.”

The survey spanned all 32 NFL teams and was conducted late in the season. Smith...

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