The Pro Football Concussion Report

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

Collinsworth: They’re Going to Have to Sit Out At Least One Play

Giants defensive backs Prince Amukamara and Ryan Mundy get checked out (NBC)
Giants DBs Prince Amukamara and Ryan Mundy get checked out (NBC)


Well, if you’re counting on football announcer Cris Collinsworth to communicate a heightened awareness of concussions you can forget it. After Sunday night’s scary helmet to helmet collision between Giants defensive backs Prince Amukamara and Ryan Mundy, Collinsworth unleashed a couple of beauties. As the first slo-mo replay was shown, Collinsworth advised that “you’re never going to be able to legislate this type of collision out of the game.” Okay Cris – nobody’s ever tried to take tackling out of the game. Then, after Amukamara had remained on the field for 10 minutes while being examined by medical staff, Collinsworth concluded that the injured players would have to “sit out at least one play.” No mention of a concussion test, or of the well-publicized “unaffiliated neurological consultants” that would be on the sideline for every 2013-14 game. Just that these two guys who surprisingly remained conscious would have to miss at least one play per the rules. Once they headed off of the field, NBC didn’t show either player on the sideline or head off to the locker room with a doc. On the other hand, a few plays later, after Tony Romo took a big shot to the ribs, the game switched into full-time “Tony Romo Rib Report” with numerous sideline shots, Collinsworth chatter, updates and shots of his concerned wife checking him out with binoculars.

To their credit, NBC’s sideline reporter, Michele Tafoya did finally report at the beginning of the 3rd quarter that Amukamara had been diagnosed with a concussion and Ryan Mundy had been cleared after a concussion test. It would be great though if the NFL’s broadcasting partners like NBC would take an increased interest in concussions as part of the game and make a diligent effort to show the NFL’s recent positive efforts toward improved concussion care. If the players are escorted to the locker room, show us! If there is a neurologist looking at the player, tell us!

It’s hard to believe that the NFL with it’s PR and marketing savvy wouldn’t want a TV camera trained on its recent improvements. That way, NCAA, high schools and Pop Warner could see how the big league does it. What’s wrong with that message?

Update – 9/10 Near the end of Monday night’s Philadelphia vs. Washington game, ESPN cameras went behind the scenes and followed Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as he was being escorted to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.


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