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Concussions end season for Lions’ Amari Spievey

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Lions safety Amari Spievey is done for the season because of a concussion, and given Spievey’s history, questions are already being raised about whether his career could be in jeopardy.

The Lions announced today that they have placed Spievey on injured reserve, four weeks after he suffered a concussion against the Bears that doctors still haven’t cleared him to return from. Spievey also suffered a concussion in the Lions’ playoff loss to the Saints last season, a concussion that he reportedly kept playing through. That concussion affected Spievey for so long that he wasn’t cleared to return for the start of Organized Team Activities months later.

John Niyo of the Detroit News writes that Spievey’s career is in jeopardy because of his concussions, making him the second member of the Lions’ 2010 draft class to suffer potentially career-ending concussions. Lions running back Jahvid Best, another 2010 draft pick, has been sidelined for more than a year by concussions.

A third-round draft pick out of Iowa, Spievey had shown promise in his first two seasons, starting nine games as a rookie and 15 games last year, but he’s now dealing with a serious brain injury at the age of 24.

With the roster spot made available by the loss of Spievey, the Lions brought cornerback Drayton Florence back from the short-term injured reserve.

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8 Responses to “Concussions end season for Lions’ Amari Spievey”
  1. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    Best of luck to his health, but in all honesty, he is a horrible safety. Anyone who is a REAL lions fan and REALLY watches the games can tell you the same thing.

  2. source7769 says: Nov 17, 2012 6:21 PM

    maybe they should have gotten an anonymous doctor to clear him

  3. bleedburgandyandgold says: Nov 17, 2012 7:13 PM

    I feel bad for these guys him and best wether they are good or not its a shame their career might end before it even really gets started

  4. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 17, 2012 8:21 PM

    He should just retire.

    That would be Best.

  5. source7769 says: Nov 17, 2012 8:41 PM

    he was a bust before all of this head trauma , he was drafted 3rd round as a corner and never made it as a safety this is why they offer you a free education

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 17, 2012 8:43 PM

    Whatever happened to the Lions this year?

  7. lks311 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:51 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Nov 17, 2012 8:43 PM
    Whatever happened to the Lions this year?
    ____________________
    Is this meant to be rhetorical? Outside of Jahvid Best, there was no way to see the rest of these injuries coming.

  8. slizzyslizz says: Nov 18, 2012 8:38 AM

    The culture of football is definitely changing.

    Gone are the days of the public celebrating big hits. It’s now becoming “I hope he doesn’t get a concussion…” rather than “wow!”

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