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The NFL Players Association will discuss the ramifications of the concussion controversy during the league’s season-ending meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday.NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Tuesday that the union’s response to the concussion issue will be discussed in the union meeting, and that the league “will take every opportunity to address this issue in a way that promotes health and well-being of our players.”

A source close to the union told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Smith would not say whether the union will call a timeout during the meeting.

The league has been under pressure to come forward with more information about the concussion allegations that led to the release of video from former players that show players on the field without helmets or pads.

The league says that video was obtained through a third party and that it was obtained to “prove” that players did not get concussions and that they did not suffer a concussion.

But the league and players’ union have been unable to agree on how to deal with the fallout.

In a statement released on Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was “reviewing” the investigation and would not comment on any specific allegations.

“The NFL is committed to a safe and healthy environment for all our players, and we are taking every opportunity in this meeting to discuss how to improve our practices and policies, including by increasing the number of certified medical examiners and testing labs, the use of medical equipment in our stadiums and on the playing field,” Goodell said.

“We will also discuss the need for a comprehensive concussion research program, and how we can help make that happen.”

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