There has been a ton of talk this year about how the NFL wants to protect against head injuries and treat concussions more seriously. Props to the NFL for this move. While football players are some of the toughest athletes in the world, you can’t tape up a concussion or give it a shot for the pain. They’ve needed to treat them more seriously for years. Having had my bell rung more than my fair share of times during my decade as a pro wrestler, I know first-hand the complications and potential difficulties concussions can bring on.
Someone needs to tell this to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Star wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a very serious blow during Sunday’s game, causing him to black out. Last night, the ESPN ticker stated that Eagles coach Andy Reid considered that Jackson was “likely out” for the Week 7 game.
Likely out? The man blacked out. Reports state that he doesn’t recall the hit. Any memory loss, however brief, with a shot to the head is serious. Very serious.
“It’s not like amnesia set in … He remembered his touchdowns and all the things that happened,” Reid tells the press.
Reid has added that it’s a “real stretch” for Jackson to play against the Titans next week. Try again, Andy. How about a 100% out, even if he passes the concussion tests, which if he blacked out shouldn’t happen. How can you seriously even consider in the slightest bit of putting Jackson out there after that hit, especially with a guy like Cortland Finnegan out there?
This wouldn’t seem like such a big deal to me, but the Eagles already seem to treat concussions no differently than sore ribs or a twisted ankle. Don’t forget Week 1, where both quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley suffered concussions, only to be put back on the field afterward for several plays. Of these two, Bradley was the worst offense by far, as after his hit he stood up, only to stumble and fall back to the field. There is no way whatsoever the Eagles should have put Bradley back in for even one play after that display, but they did anyway.
Don’t forget last year, when the Eagles put running back Brian Westbrook back on the field only two weeks after suffering a serious concussion. In that game, Westbrook suffered further head trauma that put him out for the rest of the year.
Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles coaches and medical staff need to take concussions as seriously as the rest of the NFL now does. Bench DeSean Jackson this week for his own health and well being, without the “likely out” or “stretch” remarks surrounding it. There shouldn’t even be the slightest consideration here. 100% out. The end.
These guys aren’t pixels in a game of Madden NFL 11. These are real people and serious injuries, and it’s past time for the Philadelphia Eagles to realize that.