NFL: Spotters concluded Cameron Brate was hit in the shoulder, not the head

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The NFL’s “Concussion Game Day Checklist” consists of a flowchart that begins with the first step: “Player gets hit in the head“.

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In the case of the Buccaneers, the tight end Cameron BrightThe NFL claims there was no first move.

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“Immediately after the game, the NFL contacted the team and independent medical personnel to gather information about the injury sustained by Tampa Bay’s Cameron Breit,” the NFL said in a statement released to PFT. “The League has reviewed the information with the NFL Players Association. Based on standardized matchday reports, it is clear to both sides that the booth monitors concluded that Braith had been shot in the shoulder, and therefore no concussion protocols were initiated. As soon as the medical staff identified symptoms of a concussion, they removed Braith from the game.”

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The NFL Players Association told PFT that it has also looked into the situation and supports this assessment.

Aside from the fact that Braith did indeed suffer a concussion (as evidenced by the fact that he was ejected from the game, but only after returning for a few snaps before halftime), the video does not indicate a hit to the shoulder. At the end of the game, which started 1:35 before the end of the first half, Breit’s head is CLEARLY colliding with Buccaneers receiver torso Chris Godwin.

The impact, combined with Breit’s reaction to it, absolutely should have prompted the two observers (one a certified athletic trainer and the other an independent neurotrauma consultant) to activate the protocol. We categorically and unequivocally reject the NFL and NFLPA’s claim that Breit did not take a hit to the head.

We understand that things are a bit risky right now, considering Tua Tagovailoa situation. There is a natural tendency to circle around the wagons. Look the other way so as not to overheat the kitchen. Perhaps even to provide some good, old-fashioned alternative facts. This is absolutely the wrong approach.

Although the system may not bebroken(as Hall of Famer coach Tony Dungey described it), the system failed in this situation. Bright got hit in the head. Everyone saw it. Apparently, all but two people who are paid to view.

And if the league and union don’t see this, maybe there should be a government agency that manages (and, if necessary, micromanages) the game of professional football.




Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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