NFL points to Stewart Bradley as reason for changes on concussions

AP

Concussion prevention became one of the top priorities of the league office thanks in large part to one particular incident in 2010, when the Eagles sent an obviously concussed player, linebacker Stewart Bradley, back onto the field after suffering a concussion.

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, co-chair of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, cited the Bradley incident as the reason the league has created a standardized method of examining players during games.

“Had that not happened, we may not have had the NFL sideline examination [for concussions] this year,” Ellenbogen said.

Ellenbogen added that the NFL’s enhanced policies on concussions “will protect against exactly what happened in Philadelphia.”

That’s good to hear. The Eagles allowed Bradley to play even though he had stumbled around on the field after a hard collision and was clearly suffering from a concussion, and that shouldn’t happen again.

26 responses to “NFL points to Stewart Bradley as reason for changes on concussions

  1. The Gold Standard can now brag that they are responsible for the advancement of concussion examinations for players.

  2. I’m an Eagles fan and was watching that game, Shame on Andy for allowing that to happen then, I think he’d take that back if he could.
    Very embarrassing, and a bad call on his part.

  3. Where will it all end?

    They booed Santa Claus and cheered when Irvin was hurt and vomit on people on purpose and attacked Pearl Harbor and sold atomic secrets to the Russians and caused global warming.

    Somebody has got to do something about Philadelphia before it’s too late!

  4. Yes, shame on Andy for sending that guy to an early grave, but it is ok as long as the Eagles and the NFL made money by doing that. Hell, they LOVE Vick, and there is no bigger POS in the league. What does real life have to do with anything as long as the wins outweigh the losses? Philadelphia is a rat infested sewer that has backed up in the side yard of America, and true to form, the fans line up like turds in the septic lines to back their teams.

  5. It’s very possible the Eagles’ staff didn’t see Bradley stumbling around and falling. It happened after the play was over, at which point the coaches are typically watching the opposing bench to see what personnel the other team is going to send in for the next play, and they’re thinking about the next play call.

    Just because Fox’s TV crew happened to catch it and replay it 5 times doesn’t mean the Eagles’ staff saw it. As viewers, we assume that everything we’re seeing on TV is also being seen by everyone on the field, but that’s not always the case.

  6. Fiscally and physically… the Eagles have always been tough and uncaring with their players. Use them up and dump them. It’s really not fair to compare their behavior to the rest of the teams in the NFL.

  7. I’m pretty sure they said EVERYONE was paying medical attention to Kolb at that point, and Bradley said he was fine and ‘snuck’ back onto the field before people could check him out. The Eagles didn’t SEND him back out. There’s a difference.

  8. As a father to a college football player, i applaud any movement to reduce the risk during games and especially during practices, where most of these payer collisions occur.

    I like John Madden’s NO GO proposal.

  9. FIX THE HELMETS…

    It is time to add padding to the outside of the rock hard plastic helmets that have been the standard for over 40 yrs.

    Two of the NFL’s best during their time, Pro Bowl LB, Willie Lanier and Pro Bowl Safety, Mark Kelso, have played with helmets with padding added to the outside. Both players likely extended their careers by doing so after both suffered serious career threatening concussions.

    This is not a hard fix and many might wonder why it has not been done already or even decades ago. The NFL should be asked those questions after they agree to add padding to the outside of the helmets.

    Don’t like the idea of adding padding to the outside like Lanier and Kelso did…add a layer of padding to the outside of an inner helmet shell and cover it with a plastic outer shell. You end up with a layer of padding sandwiched between two layers of plastic, plus the padding on the inside.

    Face it, everything that could be done to pad the inside of helmets has been done…the only place left to improve, is the outside of the helmets, which the NFL has done successfully decades ago.

    It is not rocket science folks…it just takes some common sense and the courage to do what is right to protect the players.

  10. texline1 says: Apr 19, 2011 7:33 AM

    Yes, shame on Andy for sending that guy to an early grave, but it is ok as long as the Eagles and the NFL made money by doing that. Hell, they LOVE Vick, and there is no bigger POS in the league. What does real life have to do with anything as long as the wins outweigh the losses? Philadelphia is a rat infested sewer that has backed up in the side yard of America, and true to form, the fans line up like turds in the septic lines to back their teams.

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    Aren’t Cowboy fans entertaining?

  11. macbull says:
    Apr 19, 2011 8:24 AM
    FIX THE HELMETS…

    It is time to add padding to the outside of the rock hard plastic helmets that have been the standard for over 40 yrs.

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    Let me guess…you work for Nerf right???

  12. Philadelphia was the first stadium (Veterans) in U.S. history to have a judge and a holding area at the stadium because of all the fans stupidity.
    The new Lincoln Field had a jail built into it’s design.
    This is all true.

  13. Theres a big difference between blacking out and being cuncust. You can have your bell wrung, even to the point of unconciousness, without suffering a cuncussion. Granted the Eagles should’ve done more testing before sending him back into the game, but to their defense, a cuncussion isn’t obvious just because he was stumbling around immediately after the hit.

  14. Stewart Bradley should have sued the Eagles for letting him back into the game. I don’t care how much he wanted to go back into the game. That was just blatant negligence.

  15. Just because Fox’s TV crew happened to catch it and replay it 5 times doesn’t mean the Eagles’ staff saw it.

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    Ya, we all know the Eagles staff misses a lot. Especially Reid.

  16. Theres a big difference between blacking out and being cuncust. You can have your bell wrung, even to the point of unconciousness, without suffering a cuncussion. Granted the Eagles should’ve done more testing before sending him back into the game, but to their defense, a cuncussion isn’t obvious just because he was stumbling around immediately after the hit.

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    Do you not think it best to err on the side of safety when a player is stumbling around immediately after a hit, or does common sense not have a place in your world?

  17. Anyway, how is it possible we can build plans with zero radar indication but we can’t improve the gear?

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    Could be because professional football players hit a lot harder than radio waves. Just sayin’.

  18. I’m pretty sure they said EVERYONE was paying medical attention to Kolb at that point, and Bradley said he was fine and ‘snuck’ back onto the field before people could check him out. The Eagles didn’t SEND him back out. There’s a difference.

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    Not really. If the Eagles had decided to send in a substitute, Bradley would have been the 12th man on the field. Not sending a sub for Bradley out is the same as sending Bradley out, unless you think they were intending to play with 10 guys on D on purpose.

  19. Face it, everything that could be done to pad the inside of helmets has been done…the only place left to improve, is the outside of the helmets, which the NFL has done successfully decades ago.

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    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Players didn’t lead with their heads so much when they had leather helmets. The game got a lot more dangerous when the hard shells were introduced. Logically, it will get more dangerous still with soft shells on the outside of the hard shells. The more you protect their heads, the more likely they are to use them as weapons.

  20. First, as one fan pointed out, after Bradley got hit, went to the sideline, passed the concussion test, then Kolb got slammed to the ground. he had the attention of the medical staff and Bradley went back out. It was obvious that the medical staff was busy.

    As for the eagles treatment of their players, no team is any better or worse. However, what would you rather have, a team with older players beyond their prime and have a losing record, or dump ’em and win, like the Eagles have consistently done.

    I’ll take winning.

  21. @mjposner

    I’d rather win a Super Bowl every once in a while and suffer a few losing seasons than be consistently slightly above average. But yeah congrats, the Eagles have won 6 out of every 10 games they have played with the Reid/Banner/Lurie combo.

  22. All of you who are stating (as fact) that Bradley “snuck” onto the field are GUESSING as to what happened when the coaches are the ones who call the plays and who’s on the field. Nice try.

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