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Holmgren: Colt McCoy never checked for concussion

Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:57 pm
By Will Brinson

The controversy surrounding the Browns handling of Colt McCoy on Thursday against Pittsburgh -- he re-entered the game after sustaining a concussion -- received a lot of scrutiny, and it will probably get worse, as the Browns said on Wednesday that McCoy was never checked for a concussion during the game.

Team president Mike Holmgren said, via our Browns Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin, that there was "no indication" that McCoy suffered a concussion and so McCoy was never checked out prior to being sent back into the huddle.

Additionally, Holmgren said the medical staff never saw the hit James Harrison laid on McCoy (one that eventually led to a one-game suspension), which "would have alerted them to a possible concussion."

James Harrison suspended

The fact that the coaching and medical staff missed the hit on Harrison is both disturbing and hard to believe -- Harrison was flagged on the play and McCoy didn't exactly pop right up and walk off on his own power immediately.

If the team has a process for reviewing plays (in replay instances), that same process should have caught the distinct possibility that McCoy suffered a concussion and someone should have alerted the coaching staff.

Holmgren added that it wasn't "business as usual" for the Browns to handle the concussion this way, and reports are that Cleveland was concerned with other players who were also dealing with concussions. He also called the Browns medical staff "the best in the NFL," and said they felt that McCoy was "lucid and talking" when they met with him on the sidelines.

It's fantastic that the Browns are being honest about the process now, but figuring out how they missed a potential diagnosis of a concussed quarterback that was obvious to anyone sitting at home is still hard to grasp.

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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:12 pm

Holmgren: Colt McCoy never checked for concussion

How is it possible, that in the National Football League, people in charge of billion dollar franchises can't verify the safety of their players?  This is inexcusable on the part of the Brown's management.  How many lawyers and doctors work for the NFL and each team? Not one person on the medical staff saw the hit? Seriously? Give me a break.  I was born at night, but it wasn't last night! 

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:39 pm

Holmgren: Colt McCoy never checked for concussion

It might be worthwhile for the NFL to adopt the HS procedure on possible concussions. The official who sees signs of a possible concussion after after a hit must tell the Referee who must so inform the head coach that he is required to remove that player from the game until he is checked and cleared by medical staff.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:21 pm
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:11 pm

Holmgren: Colt McCoy never checked for concussion

I am watching Holmgren's interview.  He is either one of the best liars in the world, or McCoy not being checked for a concussion was a "perfect storm."  Remember that no QB wants to admit that a hit has injured him, and wasn't volunteering any information.  
The problem is in the culture.  Until players become very careful about CTE instead of being macho about concussions, things like this will continue to happen.  I am guessing the NFL will eventually have yet another observer present at games to ensure that this doesn't happen anymore, but it starts with the players and coaches.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:06 pm

Holmgren: Colt McCoy never checked for concussion

McCoy was searching for his cookies.  Sure, ok, the guy was hurt, out to lunch, no where to be found.  Insane to think the Browns did the right thing.  Was this not the place where there were... several players with stapf infections?  Hum, seems like this should gone unnoticed by them.  Maybe, the NFL should fine the Browns.  Harrison's hit was hard and he used his fore arms in a brutal fashion, but the really fine needs to go to the Browns

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