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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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  • 24

    Ah yes…thank you. I caught that lastnight. I was tired and read it as Sand B Pride. It didn’t make sense then but it does now. Thank you!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Neither did we ’till last night.

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill

    • 2 minutes ago

    You seem clueless at the moment

    ——————————————————————

    Comments like this is when I know YOU know you’re flaming.

    So we are talking “rings” now???

    Why did you bring up SF and Seattle then?

    ————

    Now your spinning the convo, you asked what teams can win with the model I speak of and I gave you an answer, You pointed out Manning and I said if Qb’s and skill guys are most important than why does PM have only one ring to go with all his records and hype. dont spin the convo, your grasping at straws now.

  • 24

    Yeah…that too haha

  • stormbringerSS

    FLYNN = WIN

  • 24

    …or does he?

  • eastoaklandraider

    domino effect of a good oline.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Don’t BUG me, man.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Levi Damien‏@LeviDamien15h

    Last year it was the Rams who were the one team who had the 49ers number. This year they look like the only team that doesn’t.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yeah, I thought St Louis would do better than that.

  • stormbringerSS

    Where are the practice updates? These mods are lame.

  • 24

    omg…tupac is alive!

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

    lol @ East Oak. keeping adding on bro. first it’s OLine. now it’s QB & OL. what’s next? WR & RB i’m guessing? you you add skill positions you’re defeating your own argument

  • J Hill

    Spinning???

    You and Charlie have been telling us we need 1st rd Oline talent to win.

    RRS and I say that skill positions are more important.

    I asked you for examples of teams that have been winning with your description of dominant Oline play. You brought up SF and Seattle and I countered with Denver. You tried to discredit Denver?Manning because they haven’t won rings.

    Cmon, now.

  • 24

    That was smooth…good one!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Really don’t like that “SS” thing you’ve got sitting there on the end of your handle.

  • 24

    I think they’re all important…wwwhhaattt

  • Charlie

    RR
    You keep missing the obvious.
    ALL SKILL PLAYERS NEED TIME AND SPACE TO BE EFFECTIVE. Ben, Eli and Kaepernick looked terrible last week and their TEAMS GOT HAMMERED. Not because Coughlin, Tomlin and Harbaugh became stupid.
    Not because those QB’s had an off day.
    They got pounded on both lines. Period!
    1.It is pretty widely accepted that you will get better players in the first three rounds of the draft than in the later rounds or UDFA’s.
    Go ahead and dispute that. You will be alone.
    Players must execute regardless of draft position. That is why the Giants, Steelers and Niners have struggled early this year.
    If you miss with a high round pick on a lineman you better try it again- see rule one above.
    You will never make the playoffs with weak line play.

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

    @Jhill they are already defeated and they know it.

  • RaidingTexas

    Paul Gutierrez @PGutierrezESPN1m

    #raiders #TerrellePryor on field, in helmet for practice

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He knows. He means it. He’s a Na zi.Ignore him.

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

    if Pryor has a full practice today, 100% chance he will start. and the Flynn fanclub will finally off themselves

  • RaidingTexas

    Shall we call it the flaynnclub?

  • J Hill

    The other team gets paid too.

    There is going to be defensive pressure.

    There are not enough Anthony Munoz’s to go around.

    You can win these days with a Khalif Barnes or Bryant McKinnie at LT if you have a WR like Anquan Boldin.

  • Raideraholic

    great news!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Paul G. isn’t doing much of a job on ESPN.
    I used to complain about Bill but at least he had something to say.

  • 24

    What does the SS thing mean?

  • eastoaklandraider

    J Hill

    • 2 minutes ago

    Spinning???

    You and Charlie have been telling us we need 1st rd Oline talent to win.

    RRS and I say that skill positions are more important.

    I asked you for examples of teams that have been winning with your description of dominant Oline play. You brought up SF and Seattle and I countered with Denver. You tried to discredit Denver?Manning because they haven’t won rings.
    ————-

    you asked for exaples and I gave them to you.

    You said Manning was killing it, I said Manning has been killig it for years but only has 1 ring to show for it. Not enough for all the hype he’s had over the years. So it sounds like your Model is not working.

  • The Big Banana

    Excellent news. Thanks.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yeah, I haven’t seen Paul host a chat on there yet. lame. I liked Bill alright. He told it like he saw it.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The SS was Hitler’s personal bodyguard originally and then it graduated to running concentration camps.

  • J Hill

    Over the last 10 years, there is not one example of a dominant BIG UGLY team winning the SB.

  • eastoaklandraider

    LOL, Ravens

  • eastoaklandraider

    And they defeated another big ugly team

  • eastoaklandraider

    Your ATL pass happy team bowed out as usual with all the weapons in the world

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

    all 3 playmakers are HURT. Steven Jackson doesn’t even suit up. Jones is a soldier and White is a decoy. no more stupid comments please

  • nolimits3333

    Good luck making sense with a concussion.

  • nolimits3333

    Steelers

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    This is exactly why media cant be trusted in any form. The question of Pryor and Griffin serving as “cautionary tales for running qbs” is slick hocus pocus as it shifts a negative thought process into high gear.

    The logical question I would ask then were troy aikamns concussion that ended his hall of fame career, also a cautionary tale for non running qbs?

    I seem to remember qbs suffering concussions inside the pocket far more than have outside of the pocket in a historical context.

    were carson palmers broken ribs last season also a cautionary tale about non running qbs?

    The most accurate assessment if we are being honest is that any qb is in constant danger of being injured on every snap that he is in the game, just as all football players are.

    However it worse for qbs as many times they are hit from the blind side or while in a defenseless position or throwing motion.

    I think it is time to stop resisting change and accept the fact that the qb position has been revolutionized.

    The nfl must also get rid of the rules that treat qbs as running backs under any circumstance, including those designated for read option fakes. That is of course if they are truly interested in keeping ALL qbs protected.

    i remain highly skeptical of both the football industry and their treatment of players like Pryor and Griffin, as well as the suspect so called media that reports on them.

  • eastoaklandraider

    what about last year dummy

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

    Steelers & Ravens had awful o-lines. these guys have scit for brains

  • nolimits3333

    Every team in the 2012 NFL playoffs had at least 1 starting OT drafted in the 1st round, and of the two teams in the SuperBowl, BOTH their offensive tackles were chosen in the 1st round….

  • Charlie

    Hill
    Let’s try this a different way.
    Ever see Alabama play football???
    I use a college example because the Oline talent is so dominant you should be able to see what impact it has on winning games.
    1. It keeps the other teams offense off the field, helping your Defense by default.
    2. It opens up the passing game especially in the red zone. A&M had to put 10 in box which is how AJ throws his final TD pass.
    3. It makes down and distance managable because you have a balanced attack.
    Barnes, Pashos, Gurode, Slaughter, Newberry, Carlisle etc etc etc are/were not NFL starters with the Raiders.
    Our Olines have been awful for a decade especially against playoff teams. Sure we could run the ball against lower tier teams. When we came up against a solid team we got stuffed.
    Became one dimensional. Had poor down and distance and lost badly.
    Why is that so hard to see????
    It just happened the last two weeks.
    Look good against Jacksonville and really bad against Denver.
    It is so obvious and no it is not Knapp’s fault any more.

  • stormbringerSS

    (S)top (S)tupidity

  • stormbringerSS

    Guess you like LOSING

  • J Hill

    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.

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    Well looking at your profile pic, your one of akind. Haha

  • the nefarious dr robert

    missdick, the new wave of clowns

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You got that right!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LOL.
    People really getting carried away with the pictures.

  • eastoaklandraider

    You can win these days with a Khalif Barnes or Bryant McKinnie at LT if you have a WR like Anquan Boldin.

    ————

    McKinnie is a solid LT and played well in the playoffs