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Stewart Bradley's concussion helped change rules

Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:12 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Early in the 2010 season, Andy Reid and the Eagles medical staff made a curious -- and perhaps dangerous -- decision in allowing linebacker Stewart Bradley to return to the game after what was a diagnosed concussion.

As it turns out, while the move isn't defensible, per se, it actually led to some good: the implementation of a standardized concussion test on the sidelines for football.

"Had that not happened, we may not have had the NFL sideline examination [for concussions] this year," Richard Ellenbogen, Co-Chair, NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, said on a conference call Monday.

Yes, that's right. Had we not endangered the long-term health of one player, all players currently would be in danger of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Thank you, Stewart Bradley, for saving everyone in the NFL.

Pardon my sarcasm, but as I've noted on Twitter, when baseball -- baseball! -- beats the NFL to the implementation a concussion-related disabled list, there's something amiss in the world of football.

That's not to say that the NFL is ignoring concussions; in fact, it's obvious that they do understand the importance of making wholesale changes in the nature of the game if they want to avoid everyone who ever set foot on their field walking around like a zombie for the rest of their life.

But it's just scary to think that if the Eagles hadn't foolishly put Bradley at risk in Week 1 against the Packers, we might not even be having these offseason conversations about concussion concerns.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Stewart Bradley's concussion helped change rules

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Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Stewart Bradley's concussion helped change rules

Thanks Stewart Bradley for changing the game into a bunch of smelly pussy bullshit. Thanks a lot asshole. 



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Stewart Bradley's concussion helped change rules

Thanks Stewart Bradley for changing the game into a bunch of smelly pussy bullshit. Thanks a lot asshole. 



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Stewart Bradley's concussion helped change rules

Its a good idea to monitor these situations for the players safety. No game is worth serious long term affects. As much as i want to see my favorite player coming back as soon as possible after injury someone has to look out for the weel being and best interest of the players as well as the league.


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