Monday, September 19, 2011

Concussions

At one point in the 4th, Henne ran the ball.  He lowered his shoulder to try and get extra yardage, and got hit on one side by a safety, but took a hit on the head from a linebacker.  Henne crumpled to the ground, and sat there for a few moments before standing up and "shaking it off."
 
 
And that's all well and good, except that the NFL has vowed to take a stronger stand on concussions and possible concussions.  By definition, the QB going down with a blow to the head should have been checked for a concussion, and if there were any symptoms, he should not have been able to return to that game - and then the protocol would need to be followed on a timetable for return.
 
 
Henne didn't leave the game.  I didn't see him get checked.  And I didn't hear any talk about it in the last day.  There certainly should be talk about it, because the object is to reduce the long-term effects on blows to the head.
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