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FRONTLINE tracks officially reported head injuries in the NFL.

Players in this database are those who have appeared on the NFL injury report with either a concussion or a head injury. (Sources: Football Outsiders; NFL injury reports and team websites)

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What We’ve Learned From Two Years of Tracking NFL Concussions

Which positions are most likely to be injured? Why are one-third of all concussions left off NFL injury reports? Here are five takeaways from FRONTLINE’s “Concussion Watch” project.

NFL Concussions: The 2013-14 Season In Review

The 2013-14 season was supposed to be the year the NFL put its concussion crisis behind it. Instead, it may now be remembered as the year the taboo around football head injuries was all but erased.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 20

This year’s Super Bowl will be played between two teams that have combined for 11 of the 152 officially reported concussions in the NFL this season.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 19

A total of 150 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Round 2 of the postseason, at least three more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 18

With the NFL’s regular season now over and the playoffs underway, the total number of concussions taking place becomes harder to tally by the week.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 16

A total of 135 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 16, at least nine more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 15

A total of 125 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 15, at least seven more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 14

Head injuries sidelined 11 players this week — four of whom entered the week already having dealt with concussions a combined 19 times before.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 13

A total of 102 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 13, at least 11 more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 12

As the NFL season enters the home stretch, the league is slowly but surely creeping toward the milestone of 100 concussions.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 11

A total of 80 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 11, at least seven more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 10

A total of 71 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 10, at least nine more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 9

A total of 62 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 8, at least eight more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 8

A total of 58 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 8, at least four more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 7

A total of 53 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 7, at least four more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 6

Week 6 of the NFL season saw at least six players removed from games because of possible head injuries.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 5

Week 5 of the NFL season saw at least six players removed from games because of possible head injuries.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 4

Week 4 of the NFL season saw at least five players removed from games because of possible head injuries, as well as an intriguing update on an injury from week 3.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 3

The third week of the NFL season saw at least seven players removed from games because of possible head injuries.

For the NFL, Focus on Concussions Yields Mixed Results

Despite a new emphasis on player safety, a FRONTLINE analysis found NFL concussions on the rise in 2012, as half of players returned from their injuries without missing a game.

Coming Soon on FRONTLINE: “League of Denial”

This fall, FRONTLINE will air a special two-part investigation examining whether the NFL has covered up the risks of football on the brain.

Legal Battle Over NFL Brain Injuries Ordered Into Mediation

A federal judge is delaying her ruling on the NFL’s request to dismiss the case brought by more than 4,200 players so that both sides can explore whether a “consensual resolution is possible.”

NFL Helmet Manufacturer Warned On Concussion Risk

Despite the warning, Riddell promoted its Revolution helmet — used by players from youth leagues up to the NFL — as providing better protection against concussions.

In Brawl For Seau Brain, a Proxy War Over Concussion Science

The NFL’s intervention in the fate of Junior Seau’s brain — the most prized specimen yet in the race to document the relationship between football and brain damage — was part of an aggressive strategy to dictate who leads the science of concussions.

At Start of NFL Concussion Case, a Focus On Workplace Safety

Should former NFL players be able to sue the league for brain injuries they suffered on the field? That question was the focus of a preliminary hearing Tuesday into concussion litigation filed by more than 4,000 NFL veterans.

NFL Concussion Litigation Faces An Early Courtroom Test

A preliminary hearing this week will determine whether more than 4,000 former players can sue the NFL in court for allegedly concealing the link between football and brain damage.

Concussion Researchers Consulted With NFL Players’ Lawyers

The disclosures come as oral arguments begin Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on the NFL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit, which involves more than 4,000 former players who allege the league concealed the effects of football-related head trauma.

With Eye on Concussions, NFL Adopts New Rule on Helmet Hits

In an effort to reduce the number of head injuries that occur on the field, NFL owners have approved a new rule that will penalize players from striking opponents with the crown of their helmets.

NFL Concussions: The 2012-13 Season In Review

The past NFL season saw more than 160 players go down with a head injury. Along the way, there have been landmark breakthroughs in brain research, a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit, and even a commentary on violence in football by President Obama.

Obama’s Concerns Focus Super Bowl Talk On Player Safety

The president said that if he had a son, he’d think twice about letting him play football. His comments, which have spurred a range of reaction from players, come amid an NFL season in which 170 concussions have been reported on team injury reports.

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