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NFL could use Patriots' Julian Edelman evidence to create medical timeout

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The New England Patriots have not been having the greatest of off-season so far, to say the very least.

The Deflategate saga is still managing to drag on, with the Patriots being fined a million dollars and losing a first round draft pick, while Tom Brady was suspended for four games, which is now being appealed by the NFLPA and the Patriots.

But something good might come out of New England this off-season, a medical timeout.


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Super Bowl Hit

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has refused to say whether he should have been on the field in the Super Bowl after taking a big hit from Kam Chancellor that left him stumbling and completely disoriented. 

But the NFL has made changes to its rules this off-season that may have taken him off the field, before he caught the go-ahead touchdown over the Seahawks.

The new trainer stationed in the press box to watch for potential head injuries noticed and let the staff on the sideline know. But with the Patriots in an up-tempo offense, Edelman remained in the game through the end of the drive.

"It is very possible for a person to play, come out and then test normal," Dr. Richard Ellenbogen said. "We're trying to get ahead of that."

And that's what happened to Edelman, who was fine after being tested. The doctor went on to add that a high amount of concussions and head injuries can clear up quickly.

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