2011 NFL Concussion Update Week 16

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).

Simply put there is an increase in the number of reported concussions in the NFL from last year.  What is not so simple is if this is an increase or decrease of actual numbers.  Finding an accurate number of listed concussions would be nearly impossible prior to last seasons compiling by this blog, as there was no reason to expose the actual injury rate.  We can only go off of purely subjective reports (ironic) of the “old timers” and often poor reports from previous NFL committees.

Going into the last week of regular season action there has been a reported 162 brain injuries, passing the season total of 159 of last season.  With this being the last week for 20 of the teams finding the actual numbers will be very difficult, this is also true of the 4 teams that will have a bye next week.  Those teams will not have to report the injury to the media or NFL as they will not be playing.  For example last season there was an average of 11.4 concussion weeks 12-16, then we only found six in the last week, four of which were listed due to teams playing in the playoffs.


The NFL Concussion Update here on The Concussion Blog is the most accurate known, but the exact numbers are limited to what is provided by teams, players and the league; to say this is 100% accurate would be incorrect.

NOTES: Add up the QB, RB and WR positions and those concussions equal the number of concussions suffered by DB’s…  5.06 is the average number of regular season concussions/team…  Matt Roth of the Jags was moved to IR with his concussion…  We have 10 players moved to IR with concussions…

On to the rest of the stats through Week 16 (208 total from opening of camp); CORRECTION 14:39

  • 162 Concussions/head injuries (150 W15)
  • 10.80 Concussions/week (10.00 W15)
  • 183 Projected Concussions (170 W15)
  • 0.72 Concussions/game (0.66 W15)
  • 12.75% InR (11.81 W15)
  • 10.83% EInR (10.02 W15)
  • 84 Offensive – 78 Defense
  • Positionally Speaking
    • QB – 7, RB – 15, TE – 18, WR – 21, OL – 23, DL – 16, LB – 19, DB – 43
  • Team Breakdown
    • CLE, OAK – 10
    • CAR, MIN, SEA – 9
    • BAL, STL – 8
    • DET, PHI – 7
    • ATL, DEN, GB, SD, SF – 6
    • IND, JAX, NE, NYG, TB, TEN – 5
    • ATL, NYJ, PIT – 4
    • ARI, CHI, KC, NO, TB – 3
    • DAL, MIA, WAS – 2
    • BUF – 1
    • 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.

One thought on “2011 NFL Concussion Update Week 16

  1. Todd September 16, 2012 / 10:33

    Excellent site. With the violence inherent in American football, I think it’s important that somebody is able to track actual data that shows what the results can be and bring more awareness to safety concerns. Keep up the good work.

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