Kris Dielman Part III

As we have highlighted the Dielman injury was very poorly handled and regardless of how you view it, it put the mans life in danger.  Mike Florio has been all over it (see posts below), as has Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated, and you can add Boomer Esiason to that list.  According to this editorial Boomer did not hold back;

Esiason also took a shot at the Chargers’ medical staff and coaches after offensive lineman Kris Dielman continued to play after suffering a concussion that subsequently caused a seizure on the plane ride home.

“What about his teammates saying something? How about the referees saying something? Yet he played and finished the game out,” Esiason said. “… I’m always talking about concussions, managing them and looking out for them. This was a clear dose of negligence in my eyes on the part of the San Diego Chargers and their medical staff.”

Now Monday Night Football and ESPN has the opportunity to make its feelings known as the Chargers play tonight.  I will not hold my breath.

Most likely I will be taking the kids out to get some candy for dad, so if anyone hears of them discussing the Dielman incident please comment or send it my way…  Thanks!

6 thoughts on “Kris Dielman Part III

  1. Joe Bloggs October 31, 2011 / 15:48

    I am sure he only had something in his eye just like Michael Vick. It worked itself back to his brain induced the concussion and the gran mal seizure.

    The NFL Concussion Committee is probably running around in circles to explain this but their ongoing silence has been enlightening. Replacing morons with mutes. Great trade Goddell.

    • John Gonoude October 31, 2011 / 17:19

      I don’t think I could have put it any better…

  2. Michael Hopper October 31, 2011 / 21:27

    It was just mentioned in the half-time show. The joint committee will be looking at this incident later this week I believe they said. And you could see officials involved in the recognition of potential concussions like what we have at the high school level now..

    • Joe Bloggs October 31, 2011 / 21:45

      According to ESPN, it will discussed tomorrow. See –

      They will discuss the independent neurologists role and the screw up. Nonetheless, according to Tom Mayer, MD, NFLPA there will be no finger pointing. They will strengthen the leagues policy which means finding more creative means of minimzing the injury.

      No protocol or policy that is not followed is worth the paper it is written on.

      Time for a full-scale replacement of medical staffs throughout the league.

  3. Michael Hopper October 31, 2011 / 23:08

    ————“Dielman never underwent a CT Scan before he left New York and maybe that would have prevented him from getting on the plane and flying home,” said Mayer. “Again, we will have to discuss whether this should be part of the mandatory protocol as we gather information and more opinions during the review.”——————

    Apparently this doctor hasn’t seen the literature about the usefulness of imaging with a concussion? If he wasn’t outwardly displaying severe signs or reporting severe symptoms, then a CT Scan is useless.

    But he should have been pulled off the field and properly treated rather than playing the rest of the game!

    • Dustin Fink November 1, 2011 / 15:56

      Great observation Mike!!! Since when does CT scans predict grand mal seizures? What new techonology at Dr. Mayer’s disposal does he have that the regualr public does not have access to? Just YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE of how far we are from common ground…

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