TAMPA, Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ handling of Cameron Bright’s concussion against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night raised some eyebrows, but coach Todd Bowles said Monday the team initially believed the tight end had injured his shoulder. and showed no concussion. symptoms before the break, so he stayed in the game.

With 1 minute 35 seconds left in the second quarter, Breit’s head collided with teammate Chris Godwin’s shoulder as he ran across the field. Bright flew back to the ground, eliciting a collective gasp from the crowd.

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“He went to the touchline. He complained of discomfort in his shoulder, nothing on his head,” Bowles said on Monday. “He was checked three times. You just say, “Give him a minute.” Nothing happened. He returned to the game before the end of the half. During the break, he developed symptoms, but they were delayed. He began to complain about it. games”.

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Bright lay on the field for a few seconds, looking dazed, and slowly stood up. Striker Tristan Wirfs hugged him. Then, as he was running off the field before the next game, Braith ran into the referee. It’s not clear what caused him to confront the referee – the fact that he was trying to get off the field quickly or that he was disoriented and Braith was unavailable after the game to answer questions about it, as players with concussions are banned from talking to the media.

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After he went to the touchline, Bright did not go to the medical tent for an examination and returned to the field for the same series. After this game, he received no obvious additional blows to the head, but was ruled out with a concussion in the third quarter.

Asked why no one had checked Breith for a concussion given the severe nature of the blow, Bowles explained: “He was complaining about his shoulder, not his head. You can’t see a neurologist or talk about a concussion if you only complained about your shoulder. It happened during a break when he started having head symptoms. So when you say, “Your shoulder hurts, you need a second for your shoulder.” Nobody really checks your head. And then you come back, at halftime you find you have symptoms in your head, then you say, “Concussion, concussion protocol.” That’s all you can do, really.”

Former Bucs head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, who worked as an analyst at NBC Sports, was critical of Bright’s return to the game and called the NFL’s concussion protocol “broken systemHe also expressed concern as to why the game was not stopped by the officials.

In the past week, the league’s handling of concussions has come under scrutiny. The NFL and the NFL Players Association launched an investigation into how the Miami Dolphins treated quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who showed visible signs of neurological damage after falling to the ground after being hit by Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano, in the third week.

An independent neurologist cleared Tagovailoa back into the game, and just four days later he was cleared to play again when he was hit again by Cincinnati Bengals defenseman Josh Tupou on Thursday Night Football. response,” which involves locking the fingers and hands in an unusual position after a blow to the head has touched the brainstem. He left the game on a stretcher. The independent neurologist who allowed Tagovailoa to play was fired from the NFLPA on Saturday. Tagovailoa is on concussion protocol and has already been ruled out this week.

In the case of Breit Bux, reliance was placed on him to talk about his symptoms, and this could shed light on a level of concussion protocol that needs to be revisited, in which responsibility shifts from self-reporting players to those tasked with the task of monitoring they, which in this case will be trainers, teaching staff and independent neurologists.

The NFL and NFLPA are working on a revision of the protocol, including language that would prohibit a player from re-entering a game if a player demonstrated gross motor instability (the current loophole exists if a player and team say the instability was caused by another injury; in Tagovailoa’s case, it was his back). Meanwhile, team coaches and independent neurologists have been asked to exercise caution this week.

“It’s always important that players speak up,” Bowles said. “It is also important for us to see this. Obviously we’re seeing a hard hit, someone upside down, you want to look at that. in the collarbone area), which could cause a delay in the reaction due to the patellar reflex. Therefore, in this league, the safety of the players is important to us. We don’t try to play someone who is injured.”