2:11 PM ET Tue, 15 Nov 2018 09:11:34 AUGUSTA, Ga.
— The National Football League (NFL) and Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday they are working together to establish the timetable for a CTE testing protocol for the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the NFL.
In a statement, McGarity thanked the NFL for its support and praised the NFLPA for working to support the investigation into the death of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.
The NFL and the leaguePA have been working closely to establish a CTP protocol to test the brain for CTE and have already met with NFL executive vice president of officiating Dean Blandino and the head of the NFL Network, Jay Glazer, to review the protocol.
“The NFLPA and the Atlanta team have been steadfast in their support for the NFL and its commitment to this investigation,” McGarity’s statement read.
The NFL has not yet issued a formal timetable for testing for CTP.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement that the league is committed to “exploring every avenue possible to support this investigation.”
The NFL Players Assn.
said in its statement that it is working with the NFL to develop a protocol that will help expedite the process.
McCarthy said that the NFL has been in regular contact with Atlanta officials and that they have made clear the NFL will provide all information necessary to conduct the CTP test.
McGarity also said in his statement that “the NFLPA will continue to be supportive of the investigation and the testing process.”
The statement said that McGarity “is committed to working with NFL officials and the players association to ensure the NFL, the league and its members are held fully accountable.”
A statement from the NFL did not address the possibility of testing for Concussion-like symptoms and brain damage.
The statement also said that “no specific testing procedures have been identified at this time and no timetable has been established.”