One of the new steps to protect players from concussions was the installation of video replay monitors on the sidelines, so trainers and doctors can take a look at the way injuries occur.
Those monitors work best when they work.
But according to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, the monitors on the Eagles sidelines weren’t functioning when tight end Brent Celek suffered a concussion at Tampa Bay.
“It wasn’t working,” Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said. “Because Brent was complaining of neck pain and said he had lost consciousness, I wanted to see it on the monitor. I went over and they said it wasn’t up and running.”
Burkholder said it wasn’t the first time the system malfunctioned, either.
“I wish I could say it was, but it’s not,” the Eagles trainer said.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said there was a problem with the power supply for one of the components that handles the video signal, and that it was addressed during the game.
“Similar to instant replay, it’s a computer-based system that has periodic issues that are generally addressed immediately with minimal disruption,” Aiello said.
Technical glitches are understandable, if they’re isolated and infrequent. As far as the Eagles are concerned, that’s not the case.