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Eagles face questions about treatment of concussions

Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley got up after a collision with teammate Ernie Sims, and stumbled jelly-legged back to the ground.  Then the Eagles cleared Bradley to return to the game, before he ultimately left with a concussion.

The Eagles announced starting quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered a “jaw” injury in the first half.  He returned for a series, then didn’t come back after halftime because he actually suffered a concussion.

Concussions are an impossible problem to fully solve in the NFL, but the Eagles will face a lot of scrutiny for possible mistakes Sunday.  They essentially admitted their initial evaluation was wrong when they removed Kolb and Bradley for good at halftime.

The team is already facing criticism locally and nationally.

“He wants to be out there with us,” safety Quintin Mikell said about Bradley, via Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He was fighting it, but at a certain point, it can’t be in our hands to make that decision. Because if it was up to us, we would go out there and kill ourselves to play. And that’s what we want around
here. We’re warriors.”
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  1. mike_311 says: Sep 13, 2010 10:00 AM

    i can’t believe they let Bradley go back in… they should start suspending coaches for poor decisions…
    Reid never could put is players in the right positions.

  2. mike_311 says: Sep 13, 2010 10:01 AM

    i can’t believe they let Bradley go back in… they should start suspending coaches for poor decisions…
    Reid never could put is players in the right positions.

  3. mike_311 says: Sep 13, 2010 10:04 AM

    i can’t believe they let Bradley go back in… they should start suspending coaches for poor decisions…
    Reid never could put is players in the right positions.

  4. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Sep 13, 2010 10:06 AM

    “We’re warriors.”

    whatever

  5. NFreakinL says: Sep 13, 2010 10:09 AM

    Long time Eagles fan , and I don’t know what is going on with the Eagles. From the predictable use of the wild-cat, the horrible 4th and 1 play call (a shotgun QB sneak!?), not addressing the O-line at all, Reids constant poor use of time outs, switching QB’s all the time…..it looks like and feels like there is no leadership, no heart, no sense of direction. How can Kolb play WORSE than Sam Bradford, a ROOKIE? Is it really all on the O-line? If so, this has to be Reid and the front office. It really just sucks to watch them.

  6. Cleg says: Sep 13, 2010 10:14 AM

    But, the Eagles are the Gold Standard NFL franchise. They can do no wrong. Every decision made by Lurie/Banner/Reid is right, the rest of us are just too stupid to know they are right. Shame on you PFT for shaming this proud franchise.

  7. jimmySee says: Sep 13, 2010 10:15 AM

    Is there medical staff on the sidelines? At boxing matches, the State athletic commission sends a physician. If the teams can not police this, maybe the league needs to send a physician or two to every game.

  8. TheDPR says: Sep 13, 2010 10:15 AM

    Andy Reid has been lucky so far in his career to have guys like Jim Johnson and Donovan McNabb making him look good. This year will tell the tale; he’s mediocre.

  9. Nevisyakker says: Sep 13, 2010 10:16 AM

    With Kolb it may have been understandable. He looked as though it wasn’t that big a deal.
    Bradley on the other hand was ridiculous. He was obviously concussive after the collision, not even able to get to his feet and walk. When I saw him return to the game I knew that there would be some serious questions, especially since the league is now so involved.

  10. PhillyFansSuck says: Sep 13, 2010 10:18 AM

    The concussion to Bradley was a scary sight, to say the least. Anytime a guy falls over like that causes great concern, and to put him back in the game was idiotic. But as it relates to Kolb, did he really have a concussion, or was that code for “Oh s**t, that didn’t go quite as planned?” It should be interesting to watch that unfold this week.

  11. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 13, 2010 10:22 AM

    I dont know how they could have let Bradley back into the game. The guy didnt even know where he was. It was obvious he had suffered a concussion.

  12. FireJerryJones says: Sep 13, 2010 10:25 AM

    Eagles statement:
    No animals were injured during the broadcast of this game.

  13. Matt S. says: Sep 13, 2010 10:25 AM

    Oh, this is going to be the new season-long PFT crusade. Awesome!
    At least this one has a point. The protection of players with head injuries is pretty freakin important.

  14. madmike says: Sep 13, 2010 10:32 AM

    The problem with a lot of concussions is, you don’t feel the effects immediately. I.e. you get your bell rung, after a minute or so you feel fine again. But then maybe 20 or 30 minutes pass before the actual concussion effects begin to set in. And it’s different for everyone. So the problem is, how does an NFL team determine a concussion immediately? A player might pass the sideline test, go back in the game, and then at halftime start feeling nausea, seeing stars, getting cloudy. Then again, he might not. It’s a bad problem, and there really isn’t a good solution.

  15. petro says: Sep 13, 2010 10:39 AM

    As an Eagles fan…… Reid is the worst on in game decisions. No matter what the doctor said, Reid is responsible for everything.

  16. notoriousbri says: Sep 13, 2010 10:50 AM

    Most Eagles fans got their longtime wish yesterday… and somewhere Donovan Mcnabb is smiling….

  17. Jaxeagle says: Sep 13, 2010 10:52 AM

    Horrible both of these guys shouldn’t have been allowed back on the field, the players are going to lie and say their okay it’s up to the medical people and the coaching staff to protect these guys.

  18. Eaglesfan290 says: Sep 13, 2010 10:53 AM

    I saw Bradley get hit as well, there is no way he should have been allowed back in the game. The league should have a doctor at each game that checks out the players after a hit like that and clears them to play or says that you’re done for the day. As long as it is a team doctor who is paid by the team this will keep happening! These guys are getting bigger, faster, and hitting harder the problem needs to be addressed before someone dies on the field and that will happen one day!
    The Eagles should know better after the problems with Westbrook; but in the heat of the moment in a game they were getting killed in and on opening day better judgment didn’t not prevail in this case. If the NFLPA wants to bring this situation up in the CBA I support that 100%, that’s what those negotiations should be about player safety and equity not how can we get our guys paid even more ridiculous sums of money. Then not even cover health care for retired players if you love your team and players and enjoy watching them leave everything on the field on Sunday there has to be a long term solution to their health and well being. These guys can’t be expendable after they leave a team it is unconscionable.

  19. OldDominionRedskins says: Sep 13, 2010 10:55 AM

    Putting Bradley in the game was ridiculous. Anyone who has had a concussion playing football knows it’s one of the worst feelings a player can have. It’s not something you can simply walk off and ignore.

  20. packersurle says: Sep 13, 2010 10:55 AM

    The League will fine a player for his socks falling down. They better do something about this one. The guys falls downs trying to walk off and gets to play.
    10 million people sitting at home could tell and the doctor on the sidelines couldn’t tell.
    The League better make a doctor and or coach sit for at least 4 games without pay.

  21. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Sep 13, 2010 10:56 AM

    the QB draw out of shotgun was stupid they needed what less then a yard why didn’t they do a QB sneak?
    Kolb looked horrible

  22. mekono says: Sep 13, 2010 11:09 AM

    So who should be the Eagles next Head Coach?

  23. NFreakinL says: Sep 13, 2010 11:30 AM

    mekono
    So who should be the Eagles next Head Coach?
    ————————————————–
    One answer…..”The Jaw”

  24. igglesfan31 says: Sep 13, 2010 11:36 AM

    Bill Cowher, mekono!!

  25. Unnamed Source says: Sep 13, 2010 11:42 AM

    The Kolb concussion could have been an honest mistake. The Bradley concussion was hands down a no brainer. Anyone involved in the decision to let him come back and play should be suspended if not fired

  26. scrapdawg12 says: Sep 13, 2010 12:19 PM

    If the players pass all the tests and say they’re fine. What is the doctor supposed to say? No? How about you try telling a professional football player that he cannot play football. It is more on the player than it is the coaching staff or medical staff. If the medical staff feels he is fine and the player says he is fine. The med. staff has to believe that he is. Only so much can be done with these concussions. Only real way of knowing is to take a picture of the brain. They don’t have the capabilities of doing that on the sidelines.

  27. garylandon41 says: Sep 13, 2010 12:32 PM

    Andy Reid should be suspended for letting bradley back in the game.
    If they NFL is serious about concussions they have to come down HARD on the Eagles. The guy couldn’t walk!

  28. FalconsFan says: Sep 13, 2010 12:58 PM

    “We’re Warriors”
    No, how about: “We’re not going to remember games 20 years from now”

  29. Tinbender says: Sep 13, 2010 1:12 PM

    This team is a train wreck. And yes the coach and the teams medical staff should be suspended for at least four games and fined /and or replaced.

  30. Bwa Ha Ha says: Sep 13, 2010 1:22 PM

    I’m a big Eagles fan. Letting Bradley back in that game was irresponsible, totally irresponsible.
    Four major injuries with two of them season enders will finish this season way too soon.
    The concussions that Kolb and Bradley took will sit them both for awhile if the league is serious about doing something about head injuries, and they SHOULD be interested in doing something.
    Even it it costs my team a shot at a decent season.
    Remember Andre Waters? I do.
    (This is from Wikipedia)
    Dr. Bennet Omalu determined that Waters’ brain tissue had degenerated into that of an 85-year-old man with similar characteristics to those of early-stage Alzheimer’s victims. Omalu said he believed that the damage was caused and/or hastened by the numerous concussions Waters sustained playing football. Additionally Omalu said that Waters would have been fully incapacitated within ten years.

  31. PhillyPhil005 says: Sep 13, 2010 1:24 PM

    Andy Reid should’ve been out the door with McNabb.
    The guy is terribly overrated as a coach.
    It was his failure to build a team that can run and pass that stopped them from winning a superbowl.

  32. OldDominionRedskins says: Sep 13, 2010 1:34 PM

    @ scrapdawg12
    When the guy is stumbling around like Big Baby Glen Davis during the NBA Finals, that is an obvious flag that he is incapable of making a clear-minded decision. Kolb, while it was unwise to put him back in, had a more uncertain situation with his injury, and he was not stumbling around. Sure, they don’t have MRI machines on the sidelines, but stumbling around on the field is as close as you can get to certainty.

  33. somesome says: Sep 13, 2010 2:28 PM

    So if Kolb is kept out of the next game against Detroit and Vick lights it up … than Kolb’s NFL carrer as a start was like less than a half ….????

  34. buddha says: Sep 13, 2010 2:35 PM

    I dont get why some people are saying that the Eagles are going nowhere this season. They barely losst to a team that many people are considering a Super Bowl team.

  35. READINGRUGBY says: Sep 13, 2010 4:13 PM

    i agree JIM JOHNSON AND MCNABB carried reid. tired of the same post game press conference from him. i take full responsibility blah blah… dam right you do and were tired of it! 4th n 1 cmon man!!! how more predictable can you be??? seriously ? mike bell run if he gets it he gets it if not oh well thats the right call not this shotgun crap. i tried reid i supported you your whole time here but its old my man. barrack obama its time 4 change!!!!!!!!! and boy i miss JIM JOHNSON !!!!!!!

  36. READINGRUGBY says: Sep 13, 2010 4:14 PM

    i agree JIM JOHNSON AND MCNABB carried reid. tired of the same post game press conference from him. i take full responsibility blah blah… dam right you do and were tired of it! 4th n 1 cmon man!!! how more predictable can you be??? seriously ? mike bell run if he gets it he gets it if not oh well thats the right call not this shotgun crap. i tried reid i supported you your whole time here but its old my man. barrack obama its time 4 change!!!!!!!!! and boy i miss JIM JOHNSON !!!!!!!

  37. somesome says: Sep 13, 2010 4:49 PM

    “Eagles face questions about treatment of concussions”
    …. there is no question every time Andy gets hit on the head he burns a time out ….

  38. Opie says: Sep 14, 2010 12:19 AM

    The NFLPA made a statement on Monday backing the Eagles’ methods, so the criticism is moot and is delivered with a blind eye. Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder is a leading advocate in the country on how to properly handle concussions.
    Saying that, they didn’t realize how bad Bradley was until he was yelling for someone to cover Lynn Swann in the flat….

  39. Ridge_Runner says: Sep 14, 2010 1:29 AM

    I can see how Kolb was allowed to continue playing, but anyone who thinks Bradley looked fit to play after falling over is an idiot altogether. That would include Andy Reid and the Eagle’s entire sideline coaching staff. Seriously… I’m no doctor and it was obvious to me that the guy was concussed. Reid should be fined a couple game checks at minimum for that boneheaded move.

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