The Pro Football Concussion Report

A Fan's Look at Head Injuries and the Concussion Crisis in Football

What’s a Possible, Apparent, Mild, Slight Concussion?

teen describing he wrecked the car
The car . . . umm . . . kinda, sorta . . . umm . . . may have . . . ahh


Reading about New York Jets RB Joe McNight’s concussion this morning is like listening to a kid having to fess up that the car he borrowed last night kinda, mighta, coulda possibly have barely gotten a little scratch on it, maybe.


Rich Cimini of reports that the latest problem is an apparent concussion for Joe McKnight. – Josh Alper,


with Joe McKnight suffering from concussion-like symptoms – Rich Cimini,


Joe McKnight, who sounds like he suffered mild concussion yesterday – Manish Mehta, NY Daily News


McKnight may find his way off the 53-man roster even before the news about his slight concussion.
– @Nacarano

So who’s watching for and diagnosing concussions during training camp and practices? The NFL has been fairly vocal about stepping up their game to improve their ability to spot and diagnose concussions during televised games. Earlier this year, NFL top attorney and VP Jeff Pash announced that each team will include “with team medical staffs, an unaffiliated neurological consultant.” But are these neurological consultants anywhere to be found during training camp and practices?

And what about PBS Frontline, which provided such an excellent resource last year in their Concussion Watch website? The website was a 2012 regular season database of every concussion “listed on the NFL injury report.” And during the season the website encouraged fans to write-in with possible game concussion sightings and the website folks would check it out. They seemed to recognize that fans and broadcasters may be spotting concussion resulting hits faster and more clearly than team coaches and team medical staff. But where is PBS Frontline during training camp and practices?

Even with all their press conferences and all of their grant money, it still seems that when the rubber meets the road, or if you will, when the helmet meets the helmet, the NFL is still not ready to admit that they have a problem in which they can improve upon immediately. No research or education necessary, just honest, upfront communication.

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