2011 NFL Concussion Update Week 14

The Concussion Blog Original, NFL Concussion Report, is a weekly compiling of the reported head injuries in the National Football League.  Concussions are added to the list each week from multiple sources to give you the reader a picture of what is happening on the field.  Each week we will bring you the information along with relevant statistics.  If we have missed a concussion or put one on here erroneously, let us know (we will also be using Fink’s Rule to classify a concussion/head injury).

Week 14 set the season high for concussions in 2011; 16.  This is very interesting considering that Week 14 started off last Thursday with the Cleveland Browns fumbling the Colt McCoy injury.  Last time there was a situation “mishandled” – Kris Dielman – the league reported the season low during a week; 3.  Either the McCoy situation put enough attention on the fact that people are watching or there was not enough time to formulate a plan on handling concussions internally (conspiracy theory).  Regardless we will be watching closely this week to see how many are reported.

In 2010 after week 14 there were 127 reported concussions, this season we can can say there is an increase of 8.7 percent to bring the number to 138.  The league is only 16 concussions away from eclipsing the 200 mark for the first time in history (as far as our research shows), that number would encompass the entire season from opening of camp through end of season.  Would 200 mean something significant?  Yes and No.  Yes, because it shows that the NFL and teams are finally buying into the awareness.  No, it would not mean there has been an increase in concussions; because of the lack of record keeping and honesty about this injury, for all we know it could be an actual decrease.

Another aside with the 186 concussions/head injuries this eclipses the ENTIRE reported concussions from 2010 (172) and there are still 3 weeks remaining plus playoffs.

QUICK NOTES: This past week three QB’s sustained a concussion: McCoy, Kolb and Moore, doubling the concussed QB’s…  Every position we list sustained a concussion last week, except for the linebackers…  We have found 15 separate players that have sustained multiple concussions during this season, including Ben Watson of the Browns who has now been listed three separate times…  The offensive players have taken a significant “lead” in being concussed for the first time in two years; this can primarily be associated with the increase of reported concussions to offensive lineman…  Miami reported their first concussion of the season, from preseason on, leaving only Cincinnati to not report a SINGLE concussion…  The average concussions per team is 4.31, 12 teams or 37% of the teams are below that number…

Going forward I feel that we will see an increase in the reported concussions, as the NFL and NFLPA are now married to rooting out the actual issue, meaning number of concussions.  I would like to remind everyone that all head injuries do not make the NFL Official Injury Report, if a player is “cleared medically” by Wednesday then you will not see their name on the list.  The same will go for teams that end the season after Week 17.  Getting a firm and accurate grasp on the actual number continues to be a work in progress, but thanks to our many sources it is getting as accurate as possible.

Now on to the Regular Season stats through Week 14 (184 overall from camp forward);

  • 138 Concussions/head injuries (122 W13)
  • 9.86 Concussions/week (9.38 W13)
  • 167 Projected Concussions (160 W13)
  • 0.65 Concussions/game (0.62 W13)
  • 11.64% InR (11.08 W13)
  • 9.88% EInR (9.41 W13)
  • 75 Offensive – 63 Defense
  • Positionally Speaking
    • QB – 6, RB – 14, TE – 16, WR – 18, OL – 21, DL – 13, LB – 16, DB – 34
  • Team Breakdown
    • CLE, OAK, STL – 8
    • CAR, PHI, SEA – 7
    • BAL, DEN, GB, MIN, SD – 6
    • DET, IND, JAX, NE, NYG, TEN – 5
    • ATL, PIT, SF – 4
    • ARI, KC, NO, NYJ, TB – 3
    • CHI, DAL – 2
    • MIA, WAS – 1
    • BUF, CIN, HOU – 0

Our definition of Incidence Rate (InR) is projected concussions/45 players taking the field per team per game, our definition of Epidemiological Incidence Rate (EInR) is projected concussions/53 man roster per team.

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