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NFL Approves Medical Timeouts

Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots tackles Jeremy Lane #20 of the Seattle Seahawks after an interception in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots tackles Jeremy Lane #20 of the Seattle Seahawks after an interception in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

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The National Football League approved a rule that allows an off-field official to call a medical timeout if a player shows symptoms that warrant evaluation under the league’s concussion protocol.

The new rule comes after New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman looked dazed after a helmet-to-helmet hit during the Super Bowl and stayed in the game.