2012 NFL Concussion Report Post 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).

REMINDER: I am asking for your help this week; as you probably have noticed by my tweets and facebook posts.  The NFL teams that do not make the playoffs and don’t play in the Wild Card round (24 of them) do not have to report concussions after this week.  I am looking for you the reader to tweet/email us any concussion found.  It has to be within these parameters:

  1. Reported by team/media
  2. Have a source

As always you can tweet/send me info about a particular instance of questionable action taken after a huge hit.  I thank you in advance as we are pumped to possibly have the first ever “official” Week 17 concussion report.

Week 16 brought us the “usual” numbers but an unusual occurrence of a player fessing up to a concussion four days later, as Greg McElroy divulged his injury to the team late in the week.  Along with the “usual” numbers we have surpassed last years total concussion count in the regular season (by four and counting).

I really don’t have an opinion this week to share with all of you so let us get onto the numbers for the past week in the NFL…

13 concussions were found in Week 16 bringing the regular season total to 175 and the overall total to 223.  The eye-catching number that needs highlighting this week is the number of “2nd concussions”, that is now up to 14 players they are: Laurent Robinson, Daniel Thomas, Cliff Avril, Brandon Myers, Ryan Clark, Kyle Rudolph, Winston Justice, Matt Giordano, Brent Celek, Phillip Adams, Colin McCarthy, Ernie Sims, Mike Brisiel, Craig Stevens – the last nine coming in the last 5 weeks.  Now on to the stats (last weeks numbers);

  • 175 Concussions/head injuries (162)
  • 10.94 Concussions/week (10.80)
  • 186 Projected Concussions (184)
  • 0.73 Concussions/game (0.72)
  • 12.91% InR (12.75)
  • 10.96% EInR (10.83)
  • 96 Offensive (91) – 79 Defense (71)
  • Positionally Speaking
    • QB – 8 (7), RB – 18 (18), TE – 20 (18), WR – 29 (29), OL – 21 (19), DL – 16 (14), LB – 19 (17), DB – 44 (40)
  • Team Breakdown
    • OAK – 14
    • CLE, JAX – 9
    • DAL, DET, KC, NYJ, WAS – 8
    • IND – 7
    • PHI, SF, TEN – 6
    • DEN, GB, MIN, NE, PIT, SF, STL, TB – 5
    • ARI, BAL, CAR, CHI, CIN, NO, NYG, SEA – 4
    • BUF, MIA – 3
    • HOU, SD – 2
    • ATL – 1
    • NONE – 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.

Comparing to past seasons the following has been found after Week 16: # (2011, 2010):

  • Regular Season Concussions – 175 (162, 153 )

3 thoughts on “2012 NFL Concussion Report Post Week 16

  1. George Visger December 28, 2012 / 10:49

    You are doing a great service by reporting these facts on a scientific basis. Unless we educate all on the long term effects of concussions, more and more families will end up like mine. Keep me in mind if ever in need of a well educated, passionate expert on TBI who has “lived” it 24/7 these last 31 years. I have spoken all over the US.

    George Visger
    SF 49ers 80 & 81
    Survivor of 9 NFL Caused Emergency VP Shunt Brain Surgeries
    Benefactor of ZERO NFL Benefits

    The Visger Group
    Biologist/TBI Consultant

  2. George Visger December 28, 2012 / 10:57

    The long term effects of concussive and sub concussive hits can be seen in what it’s done to my family in the following KVIE Channel 6 Sacramento link.

    KVIE Channel 6 Sidelined: Concussions In Sports 121912-

    George Visger
    SF 49ers 80 & 81
    Survivor of 9 NFL Caused Emergency VP Shunt Brain Surgeries
    Benefactor of ZERO NFL Benefits

    The Visger Group
    Wildlife Biologist/TBI Consultant

  3. Scott L. Bruce January 3, 2013 / 10:10

    It was reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on New Year’s Day that Kelvin Beachum of the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a concussion on Sunday. Here is the link: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-offense-defense-went-opposite-directions-668599/
    Here is the video link to the cheap shot! http://sulia.com/channel/pittsburgh-steelers/f/452666eb-aff7-4978-97b0-20ec940d74f4/?source=twitter And before anyone says it was not a cheap shot answer me this, why would a defensive lineman hit an offensive lineman away from the play? The defender is supposed to be running to the ball and away from being blocked, not hitting another player who is not looking when the hit occurs.
    Scott Bruce

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