Mark Herzlich

Union to look at equipment, concussion protocols

The NFL players' union will be making a push for improved equipment and for more consistent compliance with the concussion protocol.

At their annual Super Bowl news conference Thursday, the NFL Players Association also insisted there will be no extension of the 10-year labor agreement signed in 2011. But the union would be open to a renegotiation before that deal expires.

"There's a need to up the research and what sort of equipment we can look at," said Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston, the union president. "A new helmet, a new design to the helmet? It seems like the medical has come so far and with changing rules it has come a long way, but it doesn't...