The health and safety news ranges from the pros to the preps to the weekend athletes:
* NFL.com reported Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was fined — it is expected to be $21,000 — for hitting Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee with a blind-side block. According to his Twitter feed, Tate doesn’t regret the hit, and The Associated Press reported that he plans on appealing the fine.
* In other NFL news, Raiders officials told the Oakland Tribune they believe linebacker Rolando McClain played most of last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with a concussion. And Colts wide receiver Austin Collie’s concussion saga continued as The Indianapolis Star reported the wide receiver was allowed to practice Wednesday.
* Speaking of the NFL, the Beaver County (Pa.) Times wrote that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wouldn’t have played a 2006 game he fails to remember if the league’s current concussion rules had been in place.
* UCF’s newspaper warned students that concussions happen in more than just football and soccer. The story is aimed at intramural sports and making those weekend athletes aware of the risks in other sports.
* Staten Island Live wrote about the burden of watching for concussions that falls upon coaches.
… the decision to remove a player from action because of a potential concussion rests solely with the coach. In many cases, the coaches’ background for making that decision comes entirely from the one-day training session the PSAL mandates.
* The Fresno Bee reported that a starting quarterback for the Clovis (Calif.) High School football team has retired from the game because of repeated concussions.
* Education Week reviewed a new book that recommends no tackle football or soccer headers for kids ages 14 and under.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor