After James Harrison of the Steelers basted Colt McCoy of the Browns with a borderline illegal hit everyone (well not everyone but many) were concerned with the immediate effects and a possible concussion.
The Browns were fast to let the world know that McCoy didn’t have a concussion. This was required speak because they did not even properly evaluate McCoy for a concussion. I did not see any overt signs at the time, but that means nothing. What is even more interesting is that McCoy was reported to have some delayed symptoms;
They’re awfully quick to dismiss the possibility considering McCoy showed the after-effects of a player who had been concussed. McCoy told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram that he didn’t remember the hit, and he was still glassy-eyed 20 minutes after the game. The Browns P.R. staff also asked reporters to turn off their lights during McCoy’s post-game availability session.
Straight from the horse’s mouth we have: memory loss, vision disturbance/fogginess, and sensitivity to light. When I evaluate for a concussion on the sidelines and after games of high school players 3 reported symptoms are enough to warrant the assessment of concussion. In fact after a report and clinical evaluation/questions that would end the assessment right there and they would be sent off to a quiet room/home.
So why are NFL teams so afraid to label concussions, concussions? I have no freaking clue.