Goodell sees progress in player safety

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Goodell believes new player safety rules in the NFL are working.

Goodell says Wednesday "the overwhelming reaction is that players are adjusting to the new rules, the new techniques." He understands it will take time before everyone has grasped the way the league wants the game played, but people are recognizing when these hits don't fit into the context of the game.

Goodell participated in a series of meetings on player health and safety at the league's headquarters. He says the feedback he has received from coaches, players, officials and administrators indicates "a positive shift in the culture."

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