NFL Week 5 Concussion Report

These players are listed with head/concussion issues, and are probable;

  • NONE

These players are listed with head/concussion issues, and are questionable or worse;

  • Clifton Ryan, DT, STL
  • Tony Scheffler, TE, DET
  • Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
  • Sherrod Martin, S, CAR
  • Jordan Shipley, WR, CIN
  • Riley Cooper, CB, PHI
  • Asante Samuel, CB, PHI

A Hit That Deserves Punishment

These are the type of hits that need to be dealt with at all levels…

http://www.youtube.com/v/kfoPYpC4pyY?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b&border=1

Granted TJ Ward led with his shoulder, he was in fact targeting his head.  Although I cannot tell you what Ward was thinking that is what this shows.  Hits like this have a trickle down effect, all the way to high school, and the NFL should be very thoughtful of this when dealing out punishment.

NFL Concussions Week 3

This is from the official injury report distributed by the NFL

Players listed with injury of concussion or head that are probable;

  • Kevin Boss, TE, NYG
  • Evan Moore, TE, CLE
  • Jason Witten, TE, DAL
  • Stewart Bradley, LB, PHI
  • Kevin Kolb, QB, PHI

Players listed with injury of concussion or head that are questionable or worse;

  • Carlton Mitchel, WR, CLE
  • Zack Follett, LB, DET
  • Randall Gay, CB, NO
  • Anthony Bryant, DT, WAS
  • Craig Dahl, S, STL
  • Will Davis, LB, ARI

NFL Concussion Injuries Week 2

Players listed as having a concussion or head injury that are Probable;

  • Nick Sorensen, S, CLE
  • DeMarcus Ware, DE, DAL
  • Matt Moore, QB, CAR
  • Brandon Ghee, CB, CIN

 

Players listed as having a concussion or head injury that are Questionable, Doubtful, or Out;

  • Jacob Lacey, CB, IND
  • Kevin Boss, TE, NYG
  • Clifton Ryan, DT, OAK (listed as migraines)
  • Charly Martin, WR, CAR
  • Stewart Bradley, LB, PHI
  • Kevin Kolb, QB, PHI
  • Hunter Hillenmyer, LB, CHI

 

See you next week for updates…

Chicago Bear Out For Season

Hunter Hillenmeyer was placed on a season ending Injured Reserve.  According to the Chicago Tribune Hillenmyer believes that he is suffering from the continual effects of a concussion sustained in the preseason.

However there is a unique quality to this particular case, and that is the fact the Hillenmyer is one of the NFL players that have made the decision to donate their brain for NFL research.  This of course will happen after he has a long and wonderful life.  The NFL and others are interested in the long-term effect of multiple concussions and how they may relate to Traumatic encephalopathy.

Hillenmyer is also one of the most active advocates for player safety, where his personal focus has been concussions.

Philadelphia Eagles Medical Staff Under Fire

The Eagles’ team doctors and medical staff was cleared of wrong-doing when dealing with on the field concussions.  NFLPA Medical Director Dr. Thom Mayer determined that the medical staff followed proper procedures.  The return-to-play guidelines for the NFL are not un-similar to general guidelines for all athletes.

The issue arose when Stewart Bradley took a hit and struggled to get to his feet, and when he did, he did his best interpretation of a “punch-drunk” boxer.  That was an OBVIOUS sign of a mTBI/Concussion and should have been disqualified from further activity.  However, the medical staff did not see any of this as they were tending to a previous head injury sustained by Kevin Kolb.  Both players returned to play in the 2nd quarter and did not play again after the half.

According to the linked article, courtesy of ESPN and Sal Paolantonio, both players regressed in their initial on the field evaluation during half time, and were sidelined.

Andy Reid, the Eagles head coach, was also supportive of the initial decision for them to return-to-play.  Now the team will not practice either player until Friday at the earliest and continue to monitor their injuries.

As one can see there are issues with the RTP of concussions, at all levels.  But more importantly we can see that the injury known as a concussion is very different in presentation and resolving.  The great thing is that more and more people are aware, the next step is getting a policy in place that everyone can agree on.

NFL Concussions Week 1

To begin the season we have three players on IR with concussions;

  • Jay Thomas, CB, OAK
  • Mike Furrey, WR, WAS
  • Freddy Keiaho, LB, JAX

 

Preseason concussions listed as doubtful or lower on injury report;

  • Nick Sorensen, S, CLE
  • Brandon Ghee, CB, CIN
  • Jacob Lacey, CB, IND

 

And the reported concussions from Week One;

  • Kevin Kolb, QB, PHI
  • Stewart Bradley, LB, PHI
  • Kevin Boss, TE, NYG
  • Matt Moore, QB, CAR

 

Related Link…  NFL Doctor: Four concussions not a trend

More will be reported as the injury reports come out on Tuesday and this should be updated.  The next post on this subject will be the next injury report and we will list all the reported “head” and “concussion” injuries.