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Driver says he urged Rodgers to stay out of game

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In September, the league’s new approach to concussions suffered a major setback when Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley stumbled off the field after take a blow to the head — and then somehow re-entered the game.

As Packers receiver Donald Driver tells it, he had to intervene to keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of Sunday’s game against the Lions, after Rodgers suffered another concussion.  Per Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press, Driver urged Rodgers to stay out of the game after being hit on consecutive plays.  Driver says that Rodgers wanted to return to the game, and that he was diagnosed with a concussion later.

If Driver’s account is accurate, he shouldn’t have had to keep Rodgers from playing.  Doctors should have immediately checked Rodgers after his head hit the turf, and Rodgers’ fate shouldn’t have been left in the hands of a receiver who was willing to put Rodgers’ best interests ahead of the team’s.  In Bradley’s case, the Eagles explained that Bradley slipped back into the game because doctors were evaluating quarterback Kevin Kolb for a concussion.  We’re aware of no similar impediment in Rodgers’ case.

On Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said there was a slim chance Rodgers will practice on Friday, and that he had not yet been able to participate in meetings.  Green Bay plays the Patriots on Sunday night.

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21 Responses to “Driver says he urged Rodgers to stay out of game”
  1. minnesconsin says: Dec 16, 2010 4:45 PM

    Driver’s a class act, maybe my favorite packer of all time. But this doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the packers sideline operations. That entire staff seems confused right now, from head coach all the way down to the water boys.

  2. geeeeemen says: Dec 16, 2010 4:46 PM

    idk too many receivers who would have done what driver did.
    then again, i dont know too many receivers in general.

  3. hobartbaker says: Dec 16, 2010 4:54 PM

    Aaron was supposed to practice today, but he took a wrong turn on the way to the Stadium and was finally located at a roadside diner near Duluth.

  4. kimcon22000 says: Dec 16, 2010 5:35 PM

    Aaron is in some accountant’s office wondering why he’s in some accountant’s office.

  5. 4dabears says: Dec 16, 2010 6:13 PM

    Maybe fat boy McCarthy should take that stupid pen out of his hat to let in a little common sense. Somehow I don’t count on that happening though.

  6. ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 16, 2010 6:43 PM

    minnesconsin says:
    Dec 16, 2010 4:45 PM

    Driver’s a class act, maybe my favorite packer of all time. But this doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the packers sideline operations. That entire staff seems confused right now, from head coach all the way down to the water boys.

    _________________________________

    Classy guy? the same guy who rips at his waist looking for a flag every single time he drops a pass?

  7. pkrlvr says: Dec 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    Driver’s a good guy. It’ll be a shame to see the packer’s kick him to the curb as soon as his production drops.

    This is a big game. Pack loses and we can kiss the playoffs bye bye. Hope Rodgers is playing and playing well.

  8. importantpftcomment says: Dec 16, 2010 6:52 PM

    Is this really that hard to figure out?

    On the sidelines, they look at the players eyes, check movement and ask questions. *IF* the player is able to pass those tests, he could conceivably get back into the game. How that same player acts around his teammates could be entirely different. Most football players want to play first and foremost and will do virtually anything they can to get on the field.

    Kudo’s to Driver for speaking up and getting him off the field.

  9. bgoochy says: Dec 16, 2010 7:08 PM

    It was very clear to anyone watching that game that Rodgers was knocked unconscious briefly when his head hit the ground. He sat there for a bit, clearly dazed, and then the referee asks him “Are you alright?” (or similar…) and Rodgers kind of gives him the thousand yard stare, then nods. The guy had no idea where he was at for a bit there.

    It should have been apparent to their medical staff immediately.

  10. thetooloftools says: Dec 16, 2010 7:27 PM

    Wow.
    This is a real problem.
    But how can a player “sneak back on to the field”?
    They need medical experts outside of the team to work towards a diagnosis during a game.
    If a player “sneaks” back in before being cleared he is fined a game check.
    These guys are young and want to play… I get it but if a kid runs out there on the field and gets clobbered and really gets messed up and dies.. it may traumatize the kids in the stands who’s millionaire fathers have priced the average fan out of the stands and then he will sue you and win because his kids cried all the way home.

  11. packerbacker12 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:20 PM

    “Classy guy? the same guy who rips at his waist looking for a flag every single time he drops a pass?”

    Assuming your name, you must be a Bears fan. Which comes to me asking, why are you even talking trash about Driver? At least he is a reliable WR, unlike any of the Bears WRs. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if Driver was having a better year than all of them.

  12. muchmaligned says: Dec 16, 2010 9:27 PM

    Driver is a blowhard and so is Rodgers. Neither have won a damned thing, but they talk big (Best quarterback in the league?). The Packers are soon to be eliminated from even wildcard consideration, so they may as well put “Mr. Big Talk” on the shelf.

    Remember when Favre got a concussion, then went right back into the game and threw a touchdown? This kid ain’t fit to carry that dude’s jock.

    Go Badgers! Go Lions!

  13. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 16, 2010 9:57 PM

    minnesconsin says:
    Dec 16, 2010 4:45 PM
    Classy guy? the same guy who rips at his waist looking for a flag every single time he drops a pass?
    **************

    He does that every time or are you lying?

  14. ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 16, 2010 10:11 PM

    Never said he wasn’t good just far from a class act…

    Enjoy your January watching the Bears in the play-offs.

  15. importantpftcomment says: Dec 16, 2010 11:53 PM

    #ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 16, 2010 10:11 PM

    Never said he wasn’t good just far from a class act…

    Enjoy your January watching the Bears in the play-offs.
    _________________________

    In the playoffs? Are they performing at a halftime show or something?

  16. skoalbrother says: Dec 17, 2010 7:22 AM

    They all wish #4 was back in WI. Rodgers plays for what 10-11 games and now misses a start. His time will be short with the pack

  17. jimmy1smith says: Dec 17, 2010 7:24 AM

    ditkaditkaditka says:
    Enjoy your January watching the Bears in the play-offs.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I think the Bears set a record for facing the most 3rd string QB’s in a single season, unfortunately, if they even get to the playoffs, it will be against a starting QB and judging from last week’s game, the Bears will be destroyed. You’re right, I will enjoy that.

  18. packattack1967 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:19 AM

    Rodgers is too messed up to go to meetings? It’s wait-til-next-year time.

  19. theytukrjobs says: Dec 17, 2010 8:29 AM

    How messed up do you have to be to not be able to go to meetings? This sounds like Justin Morneau level of concussion. When his happened, he walked off the field and didn’t seem that bad off.

    This is very concerning that the Packers sideline staff didn’t check him out right away. He clearly was dazed after the hit. Anyone watching the game could see that. If he stacked concussions on two plays, which I don’t think is the case but he did get hit good twice, then stacked concussions I believe are worse. Not that I’m a doctor.

  20. stpaulpackerfan says: Dec 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    How messed up do you have to be to not be able to go to meetings?

    Part of the treatment for concussions is to rest brain including brain activity, so skipping intense meetings would be a an expected treatment. I’m not suggesting he’s ok, just that we have to wait for official word before jumping to the conclusion that it’s a sever concussion.

  21. packerbacker12 says: Dec 17, 2010 3:57 PM

    “Remember when Favre got a concussion, then went right back into the game and threw a touchdown? This kid ain’t fit to carry that dude’s jock.”

    Sorry dude but back in the ’90s the NFL wasn’t even serious about preventing concussions like they do nowadays. Now they require any player who suffers any sort of concussion to sit out for the rest of the game and only play the next week if he passes his tests.

    “Driver is a blowhard and so is Rodgers. Neither have won a damned thing, but they talk big (Best quarterback in the league?). The Packers are soon to be eliminated from even wildcard consideration, so they may as well put “Mr. Big Talk” on the shelf. ”

    Wow. Hyprocrite much? The Lions haven’t won a single damn thing in their history but yet Jon Kitna had the balls to guarantee 10 victories a few years back and Nate Burleson guaranteed a victory against the Bears a few weeks ago.

    And please show me an example of when either Driver or Rodgers ‘talked big’. Back up your statement.

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