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). It also should be noted that due to the league not disclosing actual injuries until Friday night there may be some added to next weeks numbers.
It is official, every team in the League has now reported a regular season concussion. This is the earliest in a season this has occurred, which is a good thing, in my opinion. In the past three years there seemed to be at least one team that had not reported a concussion all the way until Week 15 or later. There have been cases of a team not reporting a single concussion during the entire season. Knowing what we know about concussions, with the information from players over the years this would seem almost impossible. The injury of concussion is going to occur in football, why be scared of it. Just deal with it properly when one is identified. That brings me to my next rant of the week, Wes Welker.
As we watched on Sunday night, Welker took a shot as he was going to the ground and the ball came lose. It was postulated that he lost consciousness (it will never be readily admitted to) and was subsequently evaluated on the field. The Broncos say at that time he was evaluated for a neck injury, which is very plausible. If the med staff didn’t see the mechanism or sudden results they can only go off what the player was telling them at that moment. He returned the next series for one play and was finally removed for concussion. The question is what transpired in that roughly seven minute time. Possibly the NFL booth observer could have radioed down to take a look. If that were the case then this communication needs to happen quicker. Possibly Welker himself realized something was amiss and alerted sideline personnel. If that were the case then delayed symptoms could be to blame, or finally he had some wherewithal in that moment, or the sideline personnel had the chance to interview other sideline people and get the whole picture. There is a lot we don’t know and won’t know during that time frame. The ultimate good thing was that he was removed and classified as a concussion. In defense of the athletic trainers and docs, I have seen/been part of many cases where delayed reporting happens. It sucks that I miss them, but it happens, it is the nature of the beast here. Concussions are primarily subjective, in the case of Welker, it should have been spotted that he was incapacitated during the hit. But even trained eyes can be blocked out by other players on the field.
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