Concussions Remain A Focus Amid Updated Protocols
In the wake of the complicated concussion controversy surrounding Tua Tagovailoa, six players were ruled out with concussions in Week 5.
While some concussions were immediately clear, several players, including Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, were placed in protocols after reportedly showing evidence of the newly-added no-go symptom agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA, Ataxia.
The re-negotiated protocols and renewed focus on traumatic brain injuries could continue to lead to a consistent rise in reported concussions and players placed in protocols.
Along with Bridgewater, other key players left because of concussion. New Orleans Saints receiver Chris Olave was ruled out after going down on a touchdown catch. Los Angeles Rams guard David Edwards suffered a concussion in his return after self-reporting symptoms ahead of Week 4. Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth suffered his third concussion in 14 career games and teammate Levi Wallace suffered his first. Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward suffered his third concussion and first since 2018.
Saivion Smith Taken to Hospital After Neck Injury
Detroit Lions safety Saivion Smith was taken out of Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots on a backboard and in an ambulance after suffering potential neck and head injuries on a jam play in the first half.
The Pro Football Docs expressed optimism that his collapse wasn't related to a spine injury but could be a concussion symptom.
The team reported that the 24-year-old has movement in his extremities and full motor skills and they are waiting to see when Smith can fly back to Detroit.
Rashaad Penny's Season Likely Over After Tibia Fracture
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny reportedly suffered a fractured left tibia in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss and will likely miss the rest of the season in recovery, according to the Pro Football Docs.
Penny, who was the No. 27 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, will be a free agent this offseason after five years in Seattle that included a torn ACL and multiple soft-tissue injuries. The 27-year-old was in the middle of the best stretch of his career, rushing for 1,017 yards on 6.8 yards per carry with 8 touchdowns in his last 10 games. Rookie Kenneth Walker III is poised to lead the Seahawks' backfield in his absence.
Beat-Up 49ers Defense Loses 3 More Starters
Nick Bosa missed the second half of the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday with left groin tightness. He will undergo more tests but will be limited even if he does play next week.
San Francisco is also reportedly expecting to be without starting defensive tackles Javon Kinlaw and Arik Armstead for multiple games due to excessive knee swelling and plantar fasciitis, respectively. The 49ers also lost Maurice Hearst for the season to a torn biceps.
Returning safety Jimmie Ward suffered a fractured hand on his first play of the season while cornerback Emmanuel Moseley is feared to have suffered a torn ACL on one of the final plays of the game, according to both Kyle Shanahan and the Pro Football Docs.
Dolphins Injuries Piling Up
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left Sunday’s loss – his first start in place of Tua Tagovailoa – and is in concussion protocol after he was seen by an ATC spotter showing signs of gross motor instability after a big hit in the first half.
The 247th pick in the 2022 Draft, Skylar Thompson, finished the game against the New York Jets with 166 yards and 1 interception and would be in line to start if both quarterbacks remain out.
Left tackle Terron Armstead aggravated a lingering left toe injury that the Docs say could be turf toe in the first quarter and is set to see a specialist this week. Starting right tackle Austin Jackson suffered an ankle injury and was placed on IR after Week 1 and the backup left tackle, Greg Little, is starting in Jackson’s place.
Tyreek Hill – who led the team in targets as Jaylen Waddle was limited with a groin injury – left the game midway through the fourth quarter with a foot injury and was seen with a walking boot, although available video showed no clear injury.
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