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League looked into Calvin’s concussion but not his “nerve damage” — yet


With Lions receiver Calvin Johnson previously claiming he suffered a concussion during a September 30 game against the Vikings, with the Lions denying it, and with Johnson now claiming he also suffered nerve damage, the question becomes whether the Lions could be the fifth team fined $20,000 this year for not being fully candid on the injury report.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that the league looked into the claim that Calvin suffered a concussion.  To date, however, the NFL hasn’t explored whether Johnson had undisclosed nerve damage.

“We looked into it,” Aiello said via email regarding the claim by Johnson that he suffered a concussion.  “Johnson had a complete sideline neuro evaluation by the team physician and passed. He was examined post game and was fine, and looked at Monday and again was fine.”  (Aiello sent the same email to Anwar Richardson of

In other words, the NFL agreed with the Lions that Johnson didn’t have a concussion — even though Johnson has said on multiple occasions that he did.

As to the newly-raised issue of nerve damage, the league has yet to investigate.  “Check with the Lions on that,” Aiello said.  “If he hasn’t reported it to the team and isn’t being treated for it, they have no basis for putting him on the injury report.”

It’s hard to imagine Johnson not getting treatment for a condition that is affecting his grip on the ball, and it’s even harder to believe that Johnson didn’t mention the condition to the team.

Though it’s unclear whether the league will take further action, the teams already fined $20,000 each for violating the injury-reporting rules should be taking a page from the Drew Brees playbook, and asking for an explanation.

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9 Responses to “League looked into Calvin’s concussion but not his “nerve damage” — yet”
  1. catquick says: Nov 8, 2012 8:02 PM

    They need to look at D lines braindamage

  2. wwwmattcom says: Nov 8, 2012 8:10 PM

    A football player not reporting all symptoms of a concussion? Say it ain’t so!
    A football player bragging he can play with a concussion because “that’s football”?
    Say it ain’t so!

  3. elmaxoh says: Nov 8, 2012 8:11 PM

    The Madden curse is sneaky this year

  4. bradygazelle says: Nov 8, 2012 8:18 PM

    It sounds like they need to take a first round draft pick away for this one.

  5. realfann says: Nov 8, 2012 8:18 PM

    I’d say it is crystal clear what the league will do.

    If you read and analyze every word in the email from Aiello, you will too.

  6. sampulls says: Nov 8, 2012 8:33 PM

    Calvin’s excuse for not being the best wide out this year.

  7. johnnycash19 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:02 PM

    If you saw that hit that Megatron got, you’d think he was concussed to. That thing was nasty.

  8. noeffinway says: Nov 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    sampulls says: Nov 8, 2012 8:33 PM

    Calvin’s excuse for not being the best wide out this year.
    Ohhhhhh, but he is.

  9. mrpickled says: Nov 9, 2012 7:38 AM


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