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Dustin Keller leaves with apparent concussion

Dustin Keller AP

The league’s new approach to diagnosing concussions has gotten an early test.

The new approach passed.

Jets tight end Dustin Keller tried to hurdle a Bills defender and landed on the ground hard.  He came up woozy, and even though a teammate apparently tried to help keep him from any bumbling or stumbling, the officials called an injury time out and Keller left the game.

So while the decision to tell officials to help spot concussions is hardly ideal, it makes sense to empower them to watch for signs of head injuries, and to react accordingly.

I still can’t figure out why that wasn’t already the case.

UPDATE 2:39 p.m. ET:  Keller has returned for the second half.  So much for “WHEN IN DOUBT, LEAVE THEM OUT.”

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8 Responses to “Dustin Keller leaves with apparent concussion”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 6, 2011 2:25 PM

    He was definitely out on his feet, I think he’s still out.

  2. mvpolamalu says: Nov 6, 2011 2:29 PM

    ” it makes sense to empower them to watch for signs of head injuries, and to react accordingly.”

    Hasnt that always been the case?

  3. rysten says: Nov 6, 2011 2:40 PM

    Keller is back in.

    An interesting turn of events

  4. n0hopeleft says: Nov 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    He’s a moron. Totally selfish move to jump like that for a highlight on Espn tonight. He’s lucky he’s able to walk.

  5. psychotim says: Nov 6, 2011 2:59 PM

    When I saw the reply, I thought it was more about him having the wind knocked out of him from landing on the ball than a concussion.

  6. bpaze says: Nov 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    Dumb move to sit a player for multiple plays due to what is referred to as a head injury then put him back in. I hope the league fines the daylights out of the Jets or any other team that does this.

  7. talkintrashallday says: Nov 6, 2011 3:42 PM

    This guy sux, who cares

  8. nysaysbringit says: Nov 6, 2011 4:22 PM

    @bpaze;
    If he’s cleared by the doctors to go back in not much can be done about that. So..find another excuse to hate the Jets.

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