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Good luck making sense of concussions

So NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s protocol regarding concussions served its purpose with regard to Terrelle Pryor.

The whole issue of whether the Pryor situation was handled correctly was overblown because the league can’t possibly be ahead of the medical profession when it comes to the issue of brain injuries of any type.

Yes, Pryor played two plays after taking a blow to the head. Then he apparently felt worse afterward. From personal family experience, this isn’t unusual.

About a year go, my son was removing his helmet after a baserunning drill just in time to get nailed in the head with an errant infield throw from the shortstop. Coaches came over, as did the trainer. Questions were asked. They looked in his eyes. He knew where he was and what he was doing. Wanted to get back to practice.

He took his last round of batting practice. Then on the way to the gym, he began to feel nausea. My wife took him to get checked out, and was told to keep an eye on him but that he seemed fine. He later threw up, so it was a trip to the emergency room, a CT scan, etc. , etc.

This was several hours after the trauma.

He’s fine, and was much luckier than a teammate who had a similar incident but had a much rougher road to recovery.

I remember talking to former Raiders special teamer Ricky Brown, who was diagnosed with a concussion after a game that he finished. Said he felt fine. Finished the game, went home, was watching a movie with his wife then had an overwhelming feeling of sickness and dizziness.

The concussion wasn’t diagnosed until hours later.

So before assuming medical staffs automatically send players back on the field without proper diagnosis, consider that the diagnosis is very tricky.

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  • the soulful dr robert

    Get ready b1thes! I’m taking over!

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    Right on. Guess that means no??

  • J Hill

    Charlie,

    Did you read anyone saying we don’t need an Oline at all?

    Did you see me saying before the draft I wanted Fisher?

    NOW, I think we are fine with Veldheer and Watson at OT and Barnes moving to OG.

    The Raiders need to focus of WR, DE, OLB, and CB in out upcoming draft and FA.

  • the soulful dr robert

    there is no correlation between LT and WR.

    The LT either does his job or he doesn’t.

    Same with the WR.

  • J Hill

    East,

    I’ll say it one last time.

    ATL’s QB is terrible.

    NOT the example of what I’m talking about AT ALL.

    BUT ….

    Give us Jones and White and I bet we win the division.

  • the soulful dr robert

    Pryor is on pace for 11 tds in a season.

    that’s awful.

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill

    • 5 minutes ago

    Steeler SB winning team had dominant BIG UGLIES????

    Funny, I remember Santonio Holmes and Big Ben being more of a factor than their no named Oline. Who were the 1st rd picks on that squad?

    Ravens???? From last year???

    I think we disagree on what dominant Oline are.

    That’s our problem.

    ————

    Ravens are a smashmouth team and so were the Steelers on offense and defense

    So are the Seahawks and 9ers

    ATL and DEN not so much and neither will win the whole thing.

  • the soulful dr robert

    The OL has been solid. and it’s gonne get better when we have veld/wats/wiz/barnes/pashos.

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill

    • 2 minutes ago

    East,

    I’ll say it one last time.

    ATL’s QB is terrible.

    NOT the example of what I’m talking about AT ALL.

    BUT ….

    Give us Jones and White and I bet we win the division.

    ———–

    Matt Ryan is awful? wow thats news to me

    Dr Rob you agree?

  • stormbringerSS

    FACT = pryor SUCKS

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Charlie was proven wrong on all his NFL examples, so now he’s moved on to college football … haha!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jerry McDonald‏@Jerrymcd3m

    Media window closes . . . based on what we saw, Pryor has a chance to play . . . we’ll see what DA says post-practice.

  • J Hill

    When did the Ravens become a smash mouth football team?

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill
    • a few seconds ago

    When did the Ravens become a smash mouth football team?
    ———-

    They always have been, they pass a bit more now but they still play power football.

  • Charlie

    Hill
    I am talking about playoff caliber lines.
    Right now we have four guys that I think can compete at that level.
    Houston, Wiz, Veld and Watson. What round were they all taken in?????
    The great Raider teams were built with high round draft picks on the lines.
    Guys like Pashos and Gurode and Hunter are available for a reason. They are NOT NFL starters.
    They will fill some holes till we get real NFL starters in the draft and we have a much higher chance of finding a Gene Upshaw in round one than in round seven. Come to think of it we drafted Gene in round one. You need Gene Upshaw talent to win a Super Bowl.

  • J Hill

    The Ravens have been a ZBS team who underutilizes Ray Rice for quite some time.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    YO YO YO WHUT UP GOOBS
    The Big Dawg throwin’ down mad shout outs to the PM Party Patrol, the baddest blog gang on the internet. SHIZZLE
    Gettin’ set for a HUGE Fri night Reggae Party Cruise by doing 3 hours of yoga by the Ritz pool.
    During one particularly deep Down Dawg, the Lawg sprung out of my swim trunks. Of course a few nearby ladies applauded and gave me their phone #s.
    Thinking of inviting them on the cruise, but already have 48 confirmed RSVPs from Spearmint Rhino’s finest. Don’t want to sink the boat with too much poonanny
    Mo Lawg, Mo Problems, huh
    WRECKS N FULL EFFECT 2013, GO RAIDERS

  • Charlie

    Hill
    The Ravens dominated us on both lines last year.
    Ngata was riding an exercise bike yukking it up with Lewis on the sidelines. Neither guy even played. Our Oline got punched in the mouth and the game was over mid way in the second quarter.

  • J Hill

    Houston, Wiz, Veld and Watson. What round were they all taken in?????

    ——————————————————————

    I don’t think they were all taken in the same round, Charlie.

  • Guest

    for real?

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill
    • a few seconds ago

    The Ravens have been a ZBS team who underutilizes Ray Rice for quite some time.
    ————

    They use 2 back system with Pierce emerging as a star and FB Vontae Leach leading the way, I call that power football dont know what you call it. With smash mouth D also.

  • jumpnjiminy

    new post

  • J Hill

    Charlie,

    I agree we need at least 2 more BEASTS on the Dline. I’d have no problem spending a 1st rd pick and some FA money there.

  • J Hill

    The Ravens are a passing team that thinks Flacco is better than he is.

  • DJ Johnny

    Then you better freaking beat Washington.

  • RealTruRaider

    Nah, been years

  • RealTruRaider

    They haven’t been for years

  • RealTruRaider

    Same as Steelers, people living in the past obviously

  • DJ Johnny

    Eli is on pace for like 40 int’s.

  • Charlie

    Agreed on the Dline but the oline is still weak.
    As I said earlier, we look good against the Jags and a week later get killed by a playoff defense. Never came close to running the ball on Monday night. Has been that way for a decade.
    I can just about gaurantee we pick an Olineman by round two of next years draft. Most likely a guard.

  • RealTruRaider

    That dude is just a broken record, he thinks its all about what rd the oline is drafted in, Veldheer is better than a lot of 1st rd LT’s but……………he wasn’t a 1st rder so………………….

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    it’s only been 3 weeks. way too soon to be talking draft, Charlie #chillax

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    I hate having to scroll down to read replies, so half the time I don’t even bother with it. Anybody else feel the same way??

  • the soulful dr robert

    the pop-ups take u to replies and new comments. it navigates for u.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    YOU think that. And it is YOUtweeting it too. You are cruising for another banning.
    One more mention of DA hoping he gets his QB knocked out and it will be the last thing you say on this site.
    by Levi Damien on Sep 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM
    ———————————————-

    Therehave been about 15 others actually, since this warning. Just
    get him the f_ _k out of here. Let him get his attention-chubby
    somewhere else.
    by lchristmas on Sep 27, 2013 | 8:25 AM
    ———————————————-
    I am
    by Levi Damien on Sep 27, 2013 | 11:45 AM

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