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Hines Ward talks about his “neck” injury

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On Sunday night, Steelers receiver Hines Ward absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit.  Bizarrely dubbed a “neck” injury by the team during the game, coach Mike Tomlin admitted in his post-game press conference that Ward suffered a concussion.

And it’s now clear that the neck injury didn’t magically become a concussion.  It was a concussion all along.

“I was fine,” Ward said Monday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “Got my bell rung a little bit.  Had to hurry up, get up, get off the field like I always do.  I guess I stumbled a little bit.  Took all the tests.  I was fine to go back in but I guess the NFL’s got their rules or something.  You got to abide by the rules, I guess.”
And here’s the rule.  If a guy has suffered a concussion, he can’t return to the game.
So the question remains.  Why didn’t the Steelers tell the truth about Ward’s condition?
We see two explanations.  First, the Steelers were considering the possibility of pretending that Ward didn’t have a concussion, and sending him back in.  Second, the Steelers wanted the Patriots to think he possibly could return to the game, even though there’s no way he was coming back.
Either way, the situation calls for the NFL to beef up its concussions procedures.  We’ve previously suggested that the league should assign a “safety official” to each game, who would among other things be responsible for pointing doctors in the direction of players who possibly have suffered concussions, and who would be responsible for ensuring that the players aren’t allowed to return to action until it has been determined that they don’t have a concussion.  The fact that the Steelers were even able to label Ward’s condition as a “neck” injury suggests that there’s a potential loophole in what should be a bright-line rule.
Moreover, once the doctors determine that a player has sustained a concussion, he should be taken to the locker room and kept there.  Ward remained dressed and ostensibly ready to return at a moment’s notice.  He even was spotted riding a stationary bike, something he shouldn’t have been doing after suffering a concussion.
The league has made great progress over the last year when it comes to the proper handling of concussions.   As Commissioner Roger Goodell has said on multiple occasions, the league has an obligation to provide a clear example for all other levels of the sport.
To lead effectively, the NFL’s rules must be something other than window dressing.  In Ward’s case, the Steelers’ ability to call Ward’s injury anything other than a concussion suggests a level of discretion that simply shouldn’t exist.
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64 Responses to “Hines Ward talks about his “neck” injury”
  1. dman19 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:18 PM

    lmao@safety official—maybe they can wear Pink Nuthuggers…Goodell needs to fine this guy 75 large..

  2. jackhall00 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:18 PM

    Yeah, of course it was neck injury–they were trying to get around the rules. Again.
    They should be fined for lying and putting the players health in jeopardy–I’m surprised the NFLPA isn’t ranting and raving about this.

    **Bizarrely dubbed a “neck” injury by the team during the game, coach Mike Tomlin admitted in his post-game press conference that Ward suffered a concussion.**

  3. citizenstrange says: Nov 16, 2010 2:19 PM

    So are helmet to helmet hits legal again or something? That’s twice in two weeks Ward has taken a helmet to helmet shot with nary a flag thrown or fine handed out.

    Roger Goodell please clarify this.

  4. andyprough says: Nov 16, 2010 2:21 PM

    @Florio – “He even was spotted riding a stationary bike, something he shouldn’t have been doing after suffering a concussion.”

    =====================

    The degree of complete sissy-ness you are subjecting us to is degrading, Florio

    What if he wants to lift some of those 2-pound foam hand-weights they sell for ladies at WalMart. Should that be illegal too? Should he be stopped from participating in competitive ribbon twirling this week also?

  5. Florio's Lawyer says: Nov 16, 2010 2:22 PM

    “We see two explanations.”

    I can see a third, but you wouldn’t like it much.

  6. nickster2k says: Nov 16, 2010 2:26 PM

    I doubt the NFL will be fining that helmet-to-helmet hit, though. It wasn’t James Harrison.

  7. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:26 PM

    conspiracy theorists commence!

  8. buckeye044 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:27 PM

    Please. He didn’t go back in, so this article is nothing but sanctimonious dribble.

  9. bbb82 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:31 PM

    “First, the Steelers were considering the possibility of pretending that Ward didn’t have a concussion, and sending him back in”

    I think we have a winner.

  10. Deb says: Nov 16, 2010 2:37 PM

    Nah, Florio, I can think of a third reason: so PFT writers could forever use quotation marks around the word neck and have another Steelers (woo-hoo) scandal to bilk.

    He was examined by a neurologist on the field. Silly me, if I had my bell run, I’d rather be examined by a neurologist than an NFL safety official. No reason a person with a grade 1 concussion couldn’t ride an exerbike that evening.

    And as I’ve said to everyone else, if the Steelers called it a neck injury for the purpose of returning him to the game, I imagine they would have returned him to the game. They didn’t.

    The marvelously hypocritcal thing about all this is that the film shows the defender deliberately turn to make the helmet-to-helmet contact. Although Ward wasn’t in the defenseless position, it was an obvious dirty hit. But you big bad safety advocates who were soooo concerned about what the still photos confirmed was Harrison’s legal (although slighty late) non-dirty hit on Brees–a hit that was fined despite being legal–haven’t said a word about that.

    Hmmmm …

  11. warrensip says: Nov 16, 2010 2:38 PM

    We know we have a winner..well, other then deb.

  12. gottawoodley says: Nov 16, 2010 2:38 PM

    If it were we I would’ve played…

  13. 4sacroc says: Nov 16, 2010 2:39 PM

    Would not have mattered a lick Sunday night.

    Stillers defense did not show up.

    The Hair Guy needs to stop freelancing.

  14. ravensrule says: Nov 16, 2010 2:39 PM

    What goes around comes around. Finally one of their cheap shot artists gets wacked……

  15. n0gard13 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:40 PM

    He was a defenseless receiver when he was hit, there should be a fine and there should’ve been a flag. BUT, since it’s the Steelers who were on the short end of the play, I doubt there will be a fine.

  16. nickster2k says: Nov 16, 2010 2:41 PM

    jackhall00 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 2:18 PM
    Yeah, of course it was neck injury–they were trying to get around the rules. Again.
    They should be fined for lying and putting the players health in jeopardy–I’m surprised the NFLPA isn’t ranting and raving about this.

    ===============================

    1. Ward never went back into the game.

    2. Who dubbed it a “neck” injury anyway? The sideline reporter? I don’t recall the Steelers holding a press conference in the middle of the game to discuss Ward’s injury.

    3. Andy Reid allowed two of his players to return to a game this year after both suffered obvious concussions. Was he fined?

  17. wetpaperbag2 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:46 PM

    citizenstrange says: Nov 16, 2010 2:19 PM

    So are helmet to helmet hits legal again or something? That’s twice in two weeks Ward has taken a helmet to helmet shot with nary a flag thrown or fine handed out.

    Roger Goodell please clarify this.
    —————————————–

    Helmet to helmet hits are only illegal if a player LEADS with his helmet. In this case, it was an incidental hit because the defender’s angle of attack was aimed for Ward’s chest. However, Ward dipped down to prepare for the blow, but putting his helmet in the path of the defender’s helmet.

    What do you expect the defender to do? Pull off a “Matrix” move by stopping all momentum while in mid-air, and then changing directions? Plus, let’s not fool anyone here. How many times has Hines Ward lead with HIS helmet to make a crackback block, or pull a defender’s facemask to get by him in a pass route?

  18. realtalk32 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:46 PM

    See this is exactly what im talkin about. The NFL wants to fine players, no questions asked! They’ve told refs to throw the flag instantly (robots) they see a helmet hit…for what, to SAVE the players. To cut don’t on concussions. Yet u have teams that straight out LIE in order to win a game. So, u can fine a player for playing the game of football but u don’t fine coaches for bending the rules/putting a players neck on the line. It was an obvious concussion. Most who watched that game KNEW he had a concussion. He was stumbling! Yet the team deemed it “a neck” injury just to keep him in the game. Come on Goodell. I thought u were trying to save the players health. Let’s see how u handle this one. A team lying just so Ward had the opportunity to still come back into the game. Protecting the players…riiiiight! Your move Goodell!

  19. gridironman says: Nov 16, 2010 2:55 PM

    This is pretty baseless. The Steelers held him out of the game even though he wanted to go back in. If they had put him back in like the Eagles did with consussed Kolb early this season there would be a story.

    Someone on the sideline told the NBC reporter it was a neck injury. Big deal.

  20. all4patriots says: Nov 16, 2010 2:56 PM

    Look at the replay. The only part of Sanders that hit Ward was the front of his facemask. He did not “lead” with his helmet, use the helmet as a weapon, or otherwise strike him with the crown of his helmet. Ward had been contacted by another defender and Sanders has a bead on hitting him in the chest. Then Ward fell, and the strike zone disappeared. Incidental contact. Unfortunate, but no flag and no fine.

    21 second mark of the video: http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010111411/2010/REG10/patriots@steelers#tab:watch

  21. blitzburgh43 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:58 PM

    If Belichick would have done this, you would have called him a genius for keeping the Steelers in the dark about whether he would return or not. Brady has appeared on the injury report for how many weeks in a row…for how many years??

    Give it up, Florio. Your act is old.

  22. nickster2k says: Nov 16, 2010 3:04 PM

    wetpaperbag2 says:

    Helmet to helmet hits are only illegal if a player LEADS with his helmet. In this case, it was an incidental hit because the defender’s angle of attack was aimed for Ward’s chest. However, Ward dipped down to prepare for the blow, but putting his helmet in the path of the defender’s helmet.

    What do you expect the defender to do? Pull off a “Matrix” move by stopping all momentum while in mid-air, and then changing directions?

    ===================================

    sounds like you are describing the Harrison hit on Massaquoi. The one that cost him 75 grand.

  23. cobrala says: Nov 16, 2010 3:06 PM

    I sympathize to an extent the complaints Pittsburgh has about Goodell making this a sissy game but the concussion issue is an issue and fans support safety in this regard.

  24. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Nov 16, 2010 3:13 PM

    Maybe, in addition to the “Safety Patrol Official”, the NFL should start the use of “Concussion Detectors” on the side lines. As players exit the playing field, they must walk single-file through the detectors, so that the NFL can identify any and all concussed players no matter how small.

  25. homelanddefense says: Nov 16, 2010 3:15 PM

    yeah and what that video doesnt show, and steelers fans seem to ignore, was Polamalu trying to snap Bradys next at the bottom of the pile after his TD rush.

  26. villagoo says: Nov 16, 2010 3:20 PM

    all4pats:

    It actually appears that Sanders would make a much more blatant helmet to helmet hit if ward doesn’t duck under it. The play was in no way blatant or hazardous but the NFL has set a precedent to fine these types of hit, regardless of whether the offensive player ducks into h to h contact…i.e. see harrison’s discussion with gooddell last week, which clearly led to no change in rules.

  27. realtalk32 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:27 PM

    @gridironman…The Eagles did not put Kolb back into the game. He got the concussion on the Clay Matthews hit. The first hit indeed had to do with Kolbs neck. And they ran tests just to make sure it wasn’t anything more. The Eagles are an organization that takes concussions very very seriously as evidence in their trainer Rick Burkholder. He is extremely proactive in the concussion field. Do your research.

    And the big deal is that the team lied about the injury just so they could have Ward still available. If it wasn’t a big deal, why lie. Why not just say concussion. Goodell claims he’s trying to protect the players (with these fines) but when a team does something like this, it makes the whole thing smell bad. Interested to see what the out come is. If nuttn happens..then i can’t buy into anything Goodell and the league says or does!!

  28. coonandfriends says: Nov 16, 2010 3:28 PM

    It’s official Deb ate paint chips as a child. That was not a dirty hit. The defender didn’t turn at the last second to make it helmet to helmet you fool. Just so we are clear defensive players don’t have an amazing ability to not get concussions from blows to the head. Ward curled up in anticipation of the hit and caused the FACEMASK on helmet hit.
    Wait wait I know what happened Hines Ward didn’t even have a concussion this must have been the next step in the double top secret “sick out”.

  29. hotep999 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:32 PM

    i expected more.

  30. peterkingisabottom says: Nov 16, 2010 3:34 PM

    Total bulls@t, Patsy f@gs know he went high. F@ckin fine and there clearly should have been a flag. FULL TIME OFFICIALS for a billion dollar industry is a novel thought eh?

  31. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 16, 2010 3:39 PM

    Either way they are a classy orginization that always abides by the rules of the N F L. right?

    RIGHT?

    ha- this was just another big “F U, and eff what you’re trying to do regarding the concussion problem – we’ll do what we want”

  32. FinFan68 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    I think they told the reporter it was a neck injury because they were considering letting him play. Sure, he stumbled a little bit…but he also took all the tests and was “fine”. Maybe his consecutive games with a catch streak influenced what they said the injury was. The bottom line is that he did not go back into the game. They lied about it during the game…so what. If he played again then there would have been something to write/complain about.

  33. edgarpoe2 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:44 PM

    n0gard13 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 2:40 PM
    He was a defenseless receiver when he was hit, there should be a fine and there should’ve been a flag. BUT, since it’s the Steelers who were on the short end of the play, I doubt there will be a fine.
    ———————————————————–I find it interesting the Steelers/fans tell other fans to get over it when they are beneficiaries of unfair calls; but when the Steelers lose and things don’t go their way, they start whining about the refs, etc.

    Face it. The NFL has the worst officiating in all the major sports. Part-timers can only do so much.

  34. pastabelly says: Nov 16, 2010 3:48 PM

    Hines Ward was voted dirtiest player in the league by the other players in 2009. Many of the Patriots said the Steelers were in true cheap shot artist form on Sunday night. So, I hope the Steelers fans shut up for once and stop worrying about Patrick Chung getting fined for sticking it to Ward.

  35. halftermguv says: Nov 16, 2010 3:50 PM

    PFT with another phantom issue. It was an NBC sideline reporter that called it a neck injury.

    Where’s the outrage on the helmet to helmet hit that caused the inury?

    Nice use of the quotations though to stir the pot. Hey here’s another one…PFT employs “journalists” not “not no talent wanna be’s”.

  36. brentfarve says: Nov 16, 2010 4:00 PM

    ravensrule says:
    Nov 16, 2010 2:39 PM
    What goes around comes around. Finally one of their cheap shot artists gets wacked……

    *******************************************and one of the Ratbirds cheapshot artist literally wacks someone and gets off scott free? When does his come around?

  37. 8dollarbeer says: Nov 16, 2010 4:03 PM

    Steelers have looked horrible for three weeks now, and all their loser fans can do is cry about Ward getting a concussion. What goes around comes around. When he breaks a jaw with a sketchy blindside hit, Steelers fans are talking about how hard nosed he is. The tables get turned he takes a hard shot and its an obvious cheap shot intentional helmet to helmet hit. Steeler fans are such douschbags.

  38. ineptguy6 says: Nov 16, 2010 4:09 PM

    I am not sure how you can fault the team for what happened. Did he have a concussion? Yes. Did he play? No. Not really sure where the problem is. Teams lie about injuries all the time. As was stated before, half the Patriots are listed on the injury report every single week. Also, is there some procedure for notification of in game injuries? As far as I know, there is no official reporting.

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 16, 2010 4:10 PM

    It was an NBC sideline reporter that called it a neck injury.

    they reported exactly what Pittsburgh told them. Is it inborn for you all to allways make sh t up or is it learned?

  40. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 16, 2010 4:18 PM

    The hit should get a fine, a 7,500 one would do, just to say “hey, tweak your technique a bit and you’ll be fine” i mean thats chump change for a less than lethal hit. As for those of you who question the report of why Ward was seen riding the bike and why its a big deal… Does anyone know what a concussion is? It is essentially a brain bruise. Does any one know what a bruise is? It is a broken blood vessel under the skin/tissue. So if you bruise your leg ok no big deal, no real dmage could occur if you were to ride the bike. Now as for a concussion, if you have a broken blood vessel, in your brain, why the He** would you want to increase your heart rate to continue to pump more blood?????? The larger the bruise, the more brain cells that are damaged, the more significant the injury. So to all you “Medical Experts” who post ridiculous comments, get a clue! This is a pretty big story, because I think if the steelers would have tied up the game, the coaching staff probaly would have put him back in, which explains the reasoning for the “Neck Injury” label, and one more shot, legal or not, could have caused a very serious injury.

  41. wouldabeenthere says: Nov 16, 2010 4:21 PM

    simple resolution… eliminate helmets… after a few deaths/incapacitations the problem will resolve itself

  42. heybeerman95 says: Nov 16, 2010 4:22 PM

    Was it dirty….no. Was it helmet to helmet….yes. If GODel wants to be consistent with his fines (which he isn’t) this is a fine. Bottom line. Because it wasn’t James Harrison it won’t be.

  43. johntonioholmes says: Nov 16, 2010 4:22 PM

    A few things:

    Whether the defender led with his helmet or not doesn’t matter. Under the current rules it’s illegal to hit a defenseless receiver high. So, either Ward was a defenseless receiver and he was tackled with inadvertent helmet to helmet (see James Harrison), or he was a ball carrier, in which case the hit was legal. However, they reviewed the play and determined that it wasn’t a catch (which it sure looks like it was). The fact that he never had possession of the ball means that Ward was a defenseless receiver, WHICH MEANS…

    …the hit was illegal. I don’t know why the media is so silent about that.

    Secondly, at Mike,
    How the league “made progress?” 4 Steelers players have suffered concussions over the last 2 weeks, and apparently none of them were on illegal tackles (Ward’s actually was according to the rules).
    That’s not progress. It proves that the leagues actions to prevent concussions are useless.

    Lastly, they never put Ward back into the game, which makes the “neck injury” thing a moot point.

  44. castleanthrax says: Nov 16, 2010 4:36 PM

    Face it. The NFL has the worst officiating in all the major sports. Part-timers can only do so much.

    Actually Edgarpoe that would be the NBA that has the worst officials, not even close.

    And to the Steeler fans looking for that flag, even if you got it you wouldn’t have done anything anyway. The Pats owned your team until they called off the dogs.

  45. bdrunk says: Nov 16, 2010 4:45 PM

    castleanthrax says:
    Nov 16, 2010 4:36 PM
    Face it. The NFL has the worst officiating in all the major sports. Part-timers can only do so much.

    Actually Edgarpoe that would be the NBA that has the worst officials, not even close.

    And to the Steeler fans looking for that flag, even if you got it you wouldn’t have done anything anyway. The Pats owned your team until they called off the dogs.
    ——————————
    You giggle like a child on Xmas morning. I agree, the P*ts owned ‘em hard core.
    However a fine can be handed down after a non-flagged play, you know that right? Honest, it’s happened before!

  46. pukey60 says: Nov 16, 2010 5:19 PM

    Dude can be on my team anytime!

  47. comeonnowguys says: Nov 16, 2010 5:27 PM

    “Face it. The NFL has the worst officiating in all the major sports. Part-timers can only do so much.”

    NBA officiating is borderline criminal, and in at least one case, you can remove the “borderline.” It’s still absolutely horrible, inconsistent, and the absolute tilt to the stars is nearly inarguable.

    Wasn’t there a two week study this year that pointed out that 1 in every 5 key bang-bang calls were wrong? 20% of the time? With no replay, except for home runs.

    Personally, I think NFL officiating hovers around with the NHL for best. And if you’ll notice, both get a lot of mileage out of replay.

  48. comeonnowguys says: Nov 16, 2010 5:28 PM

    My second point was about MLB.

  49. tmc4real says: Nov 16, 2010 5:30 PM

    Everyone here, including the idiots at PFT, do realize that you can sustain a spinal cord concussion. It is a neck injury. It is a concussion.

    Read a book. They hide stuff in them that can be useful.

  50. bodybaggame says: Nov 16, 2010 5:36 PM

    A more shocking headline would be……..Hines Ward has nothing to say.

  51. laxer37 says: Nov 16, 2010 5:37 PM

    This may come as a shock Florio, but NFL teams are not always truthful with the media about injuries especially when a microphone gets pushed in a trainers face during a game.

  52. bengals2012 says: Nov 16, 2010 5:52 PM

    The guy plays about as dirty as anyone in the league, but I honestly say I wish the Bengals had a WR that was willing to lay some wood once in a while.

  53. realtalk32 says: Nov 16, 2010 6:07 PM

    @rabidbillsfan…One of the few who understands the nature/severity of the situation. If he goes back in, it could’ve done serious damage. Im only saying these points becuz the league has cracked down on the hits. And they have fined players left and right. If these things weren’t happening..i would not have anything to say. But the fact that they are so quick to fine players yet so lax when it comes to teams lying about and injury just to win…u gotta question it. Bottom line, if ur gonna “protect” the players then it works both ways. Don’t just hold players accountable..hold teams/coaches accountable too. To me it just confirms that Goodell and the league do indeed have a selective gavel

  54. bcgreg says: Nov 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    As a Pats fan, why should the Steelers have to divulge ANY info on an injured player DURING the game? Obviously, if Ward was determined to have a concussion, he should not return. But, why should they notify the Pats or the media during the game? Let your opponent twist in the wind while the game is being played. That’s gamesmanship.

    Even after the game, why tell anyone until the next ‘practice participation’ report or next injury report? It makes no sense to just blurt out anyone’s injuries until they have to be announced.

    This is much ado about nothing.

  55. tmc4real says: Nov 16, 2010 6:48 PM

    @realtalk32…
    Let me see if I can explain this in a simple way, because it appears that is the only way you can grasp it. It was reported on the sideline to be a neck injury. There are injuries to the neck that are called spinal cord concussions.

    So, it could be a called a neck injury and still be a concussion. The Steelers never attempted to send him back in. They sat him. The announcers started the neck injury-get him back in the game-skirt the rules angle. The Steelers never broached any rule.

    The difference is, they are familiar with spinal cord concussions because they have faced them multiple times. Tommy Maddox had one against Tennessee. Ben Roethlisberger had one against Cleveland.

    There is no proof that they attempted to circumvent any rule, only conjecture and stupid statements based on opinion, like yours.

    But, again, do not let facts or any real information about concussive injuries stand in the way of a moronic rant.

  56. warrensip says: Nov 16, 2010 8:58 PM

    I’m sure the Patriots were trembling with worry if Hines “Washed Up” Ward was coming back in the game.

    Gamesmenship needs to actually be useful if you’re going to use it.

  57. steelcurtain58 says: Nov 17, 2010 12:37 AM

    8dollarbeer and others who clearly are fans of inferior teams who are jealous of the success the Steelers have had over the past 40 years, “get a grip” you sound stupid. The Steeler fans are not upset that Hines got hurt they are upset that the rule seems to apply only one way. The league is trying to neuter the Steeler Defense by fining them every time they as much as look at an opposing player and yet when their players are hit late (Big Ben hit late twice in the Patriots game no call) or hit in the head (ward hit helmet to helmet two weeks in a row) there doesn’t seem to be the same level of concern for their safety by the league. Could be that the comments by Troy P. and Tomlin essentially calling Goodell and the league office a bunch of idiots who know nothing about football. The hit on Brees was not worthy of a late hit call let alone a fine, both Harrison hits against Cleveland were just as clean as the hit Ward took. The league can’t even give an accurate accounting of what their new rules should look like and they are far too subjective. The NFL is becoming a complete embarrassment and the rate the rules are changing pads will be unnecessary before long. These guys make millions of dollars a year and understand the risks, “let them play football” not this softened up friendlier version of the game.
    If you can’t beat a team at a game then change the rules to level the playing field so the rest of the league can compete. The reality is there are few teams that bring the pain like the Steelers do!

  58. norings4u says: Nov 17, 2010 8:20 AM

    This is first time a team hasn’t been honest about an injury. The Patriots would never do such a thing.

  59. urworstnitemare58 says: Nov 17, 2010 9:07 AM

    citizenstrange, I’m with you. I am willing to bet if it were the Steelers that there would have been a flag and a fine. It seems that the refs and the NFL have two sets of rules. One for the Steelers and Ravens and one for everyone else.

  60. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 17, 2010 10:33 AM

    @tmc4real
    Wow im glad you have your PhD, im suprised you find time to comment, i mean you are a doctor right? Or maybe you have had this type of injury? Doubt it. A spinal cord concussion is the exact same thing as a “cranial concussion” except it happens near the spinal cord. It is a broken blood vessel around the spinal cord. Again, back to whole amping up the heart rate increase bleeding thing, this can cause nervous system damage to the area therefore causing paralysis of limbs and extremties. Todd Heap had a neck injury against NE, he went back in. So if your saying he had one of those injuries, and it was labled as a neck injury, he could have went back in. So again please stop pretending that you know something that you don’t, you make yourself look stupid as well as the team you root for.

  61. bcgreg says: Nov 17, 2010 5:48 PM

    @ steelcurtain58

    I am a Pats fan. Let’s get that out there. Regarding the Harrison hits. I had no problem with the Massaquoi hit. On the Cribbs hit, he ducked his head. When he hit Brees, he ducked his head. When Ward got hit, Sanders did not duck or lead with his head. His facemask hit Ward’s earhole after Ward was hit by another defender. This is why the Eagle was not fined on the Collie hit last week.

    You Steeler fans need to stop thinking it’s you against the world. You do lead the league in Lombardi’s. Don’t you? Stop complaining.

    As far as the Steelers bringing pain? Don’t know about that. Brady is 6-1 against them now. Ain’t bringing much pain to NE.

    AND
    @rabidbillsfan

    Soooo, you must be a doctor? And you root for the Bills. LOL!

  62. steelersbradshaw1 says: Nov 17, 2010 10:20 PM

    I’m tired of all this BS going back and forth whether or not this should have been fined. It was a helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless receiver. What is their to debate? The commish is a hypocrite. When you’re the Six Time Super Bowl Champs the last thing the league wants is another championship for the steel city. Lets face it, the NFL is a business and is FIXED. If two boxers can’t be trusted in a ring, how can we trust 22 players on a field? Money issues will ruin the NFL as it has with MLB. Anyone notice the ratings of this years World Series? Very frustrating.

  63. giants72271091 says: Nov 18, 2010 11:39 AM

    its great 2 see a cheap shot artist finally get his get back ….as much as it sucks 2 see people get hurt …..it felt kinda good 2 see this chump sleep on the on the feild 4 the 2nd time this year whooo hooo….next is harrison somebody tagg this fool please he neeeds a dose of what hes tryin 2 dish

  64. rebalynne says: Nov 22, 2010 2:56 AM

    Love ya Hines! Glad you are o.k.

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