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As the NFL supposedly is more sensitive than it’s ever been to the problem of concussions, some teams still can’t bring themselves to use the “C” word when disclosing the reason for a concussed player’s injury.
Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin, for example, suffered a concussion when Jets safety Eric Smith launched his body, helmet first, into Boldin’s head.  But Boldin is listed on the injury report as having an injury to his “head.”
Ditto for Panthers tackle Jordan Gross.  He has a concussion, but on the injury report circulated by e-mail on Wednesday the condition is described as a “head” injury.  (In contrast, the version of the report published by the league office mentions that it’s a concussion.  More on that later.)
Then there’s Falcons tackle Sam Baker.  He’s got a concussion.  Per the injury report, it’s an “illness.”
Technically, the injury report only mentions the body part, and not what’s wrong with body part.  So a torn ACL is “knee.”  And a Lisfranc sprain is “foot.”  And a raging case of the herp is “groin.” 
Still, Gross is listed on the version of the report published by the league office as missing practice due to “concussion.”  So when it comes to the head, it’s OK to call it a “concussion.”
But plenty of teams can’t get themselves to use the “C” word.  Possibly because it’s the most troubling injury that teams face, since no one really knows when it heals, when another one is going to happen, and when the player’s head is going to quit working altogether.

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  1. freedomispopular says: Oct 1, 2008 11:07 PM

    I read Boldin has a fractured sinus.

  2. Darth Ringo says: Oct 1, 2008 11:20 PM

    You know, I was totally thinking of a different “C” word

  3. colt45 says: Oct 1, 2008 11:23 PM


  4. Mammothfan says: Oct 1, 2008 11:54 PM

    Does Tiki still use the “C” word?

  5. Tampa Hoss says: Oct 2, 2008 12:06 AM

    I thought this article was going to be about the word “COWARD” which second round draft pick, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dexter Jackson. CLEARLY A COWARD…SERIOUSLY
    He slides so much, you’d think he played for the Rays!
    GO RAYS!!!
    GO BUCS!!!!

  6. hesawinner says: Oct 2, 2008 12:06 AM

    please read comments from uncle rico returns and titans face a big decicion in 2009.

  7. superfalc says: Oct 2, 2008 12:27 AM

    Sam Baker should have been clear of all concussion related syptoms before the KC game. That is why he started that game. He didn’t lose consciousness so it wasn’t a “horrible” concussion. It is still a mystery why he has “flu-like” symptoms, which is why it is listed as an illness.

  8. ChrisJNelson says: Oct 2, 2008 1:25 AM

    Fun Fact: The head is the place where concussions happen. Doesn’t mean teams are trying to hide anything. As far as I can recall, injury reports list the locations of the body where the injuries are.

  9. brasho says: Oct 2, 2008 7:36 AM

    I would think a fractured sinus would constitute saying “head” (right, that’s what she said, I know)… And that would be far more accurate than saying “sinus” which most people would assume meant a sinus infection.

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 2, 2008 8:27 AM

    Why would NFL teams want to use “Full Medal Count?” It’s football! Oh, Florio was talking about concussions. The NHL doesn’t like the C word, either.

  11. bartholder22 says: Oct 2, 2008 8:57 AM

    Could it be there that there is guidelines on how to report an injury? A concussion is a head injury, what other head injury would a player have in the NFL w/o going on the IR?

  12. Walrus says: Oct 2, 2008 8:58 AM

    “‘C” is for cookie, that’s good enough for me. ”
    Cookie Monster

  13. cobrala says: Oct 2, 2008 9:16 AM

    Like most others I’ve read Whisenhunt or Boldin claim the concussion tests came back negative.

  14. Jack in the Jack says: Oct 2, 2008 10:15 AM

    Wasn’t Mike Vick always on the injury report with a “groin”?
    No wait, that was Ron Mexico.

  15. pirateprentice says: Oct 2, 2008 10:17 AM

    so . . . injuries are usually referenced on the report by location rather than diagnoses. Once a concussion was actually called a concussion. Since every team doesn’t do this and still refer to head injuries by location – there must be a conspiracy. . . makes sense.

  16. king of horseheads says: Oct 2, 2008 12:34 PM

    And a raging case of the herp is “groin.”… Shouldn’t that be: And a raging case of the herp is a “Ron Mexico.”

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