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Falcons finally admit Dunta Robinson has a concussion

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The Falcons’ decision to play their starters in a meaningless game has resulted in injuries to two of them.  As to the player who left the loss to Tampa in the first quarter, the Falcons finally have admitted that cornerback Dunta Robinson suffered a concussion.

Actually, they’ve yet to admit directly that he has a concussion.

It was called a “head injury” at the time, with no updates provided until coach Mike Smith met with the media on Monday.   Smith acknowledged in response to reporters’ questions that Robinson is “in the concussion protocol,” which necessarily means that he has suffered a concussion.

Smith added that Robinson is moving “quickly” through the concussion protocol, and that he expects Robinson to be available when the Falcons host a divisional-round game on Sunday, January 13.  They’ll face the Vikings, Seahawks, or Redskins.

In the end, the decision as to Robinson’s availability will be made by an independent neurologist.

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18 Responses to “Falcons finally admit Dunta Robinson has a concussion”
  1. iceshocker says: Dec 31, 2012 6:27 PM

    And here comes all of the people who are going to act as if the starters shouldn’t have been in for the first half.

    I’m 100% confident that people who say this are people who never played a sport in their life. Going 2 weeks without playing a game(in any sport) is never good. Coaches and the players know this, and it boggles my mind how fans don’t.

  2. kd727 says: Dec 31, 2012 6:32 PM

    Dunta has knocked himself out of both games against Tampa (trying to hit Doug Martin). Both times he’s lowered his head and not looked at what he was hitting. Better change your ways and keep that head up, Dunta. There are worse things than concussions that can come from hitting like that.

  3. kinguga says: Dec 31, 2012 6:37 PM

    Well, the fact that he never returned to the game is a pretty good indication that he had a concussion or, at the very least, was going through the protocol.

  4. trojanwarrior007 says: Dec 31, 2012 6:40 PM

    @iceshocker

    What about the Super Bowl?

  5. fitnesstrainer6788 says: Dec 31, 2012 6:42 PM

    Duh….

    Did we really need the Falcons to admit this? So we need to hear the official word from the Falcons to validate what we all saw?

    What could they possibly say besides he had a concussion? I’m 100% sure that blast he took to the noggin made him woozy…

    That’s like seeing a car wreck then needing confirmation from the police that it was indeed a car wreck…

  6. draftrobot says: Dec 31, 2012 6:48 PM

    Robinson does this all the time. He never tackles with his arms. He tucks his hands against his chest and launches himself into ball carriers. He’s among the worst form tacklers in the entire NFL.

  7. shaggyjeff says: Dec 31, 2012 6:56 PM

    muscle hamster 2 – Dunta 0

  8. biggestredmiami says: Dec 31, 2012 6:57 PM

    Guy always leads with his head. He’s going to continue to get himself hurt, but now it’s a habit. Anyone remember the Maclin hit? Does it ‘ring a bell’?

  9. shaggyjeff says: Dec 31, 2012 6:58 PM

    you can’t “come at me bro” to the muscle hamster….big mistake, he is like a big ball of muscle..

  10. gvicknair says: Dec 31, 2012 7:00 PM

    If he hadn’t led with his head this would not have happened.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM

    Yesterday against the Pats, Tannehill was repeatedly sacked including one where he started to get up, fell right back down on his rear end, got up with help and then obviously staggered to the side when he tried to start walking.

    There was apparently no concussion protocol followed and he was back in at the next opportunity. He had his bell rung big time and almost certainly has a concussion yet that was ignored by the team and Tannehill.

  12. npina111 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:29 PM

    There is no momentum in anything.

    Rest for playoffs cause football is a brutal sport.

    See pats versus niners on monday night on the worthlessness of momentum. If scoring 28 straight points doesnt help you for the next 6 minutes(pats went on to lose) ,
    how can winning a meaningless game help you in 2 weeks?

  13. darkglobe1 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:24 PM

    iceshocker – did u feel the need to build a strawman argument to announce the fact that you have played sports?

  14. lightcleric says: Dec 31, 2012 10:05 PM

    Maybe this wouldn’t if he learned how to tackle instead of doing that awful thing he does all the time where he tries to shoulder check someone and just bounces off.

  15. dudeicle says: Dec 31, 2012 10:23 PM

    iceshocker says:
    Dec 31, 2012 6:27 PM
    And here comes all of the people who are going to act as if the starters shouldn’t have been in for the first half.

    I’m 100% confident that people who say this are people who never played a sport in their life. Going 2 weeks without playing a game(in any sport) is never good. Coaches and the players know this, and it boggles my mind how fans don’t.
    ——————————–
    fair enough… but if you’re going to play your starters in a mean nothing game against a sub 500 team…. maybe you should at least, you know, win the game for crying out loud

  16. dolphins4 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:13 PM

    Dunta can’t have a concussion because he don’t have a brain.

  17. stumpy456 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:30 AM

    I don’t think Dunta is necessarily a dirty player, he seems like at least an okay guy, but come on man, must you launch yourself headfirst into everyone?? Somebody is bound to get hurt, Come on man

  18. blabbaboo says: Jan 1, 2013 1:38 AM

    I’m glad “Duh-nta” got what he deserved. Now he needs to get fined for an obvious dirty hit. He was trying to injure Martin and hurt himself instead. Good! Assante Samuel also hurt his shoulder going after a player’s knee with his helmet. What a bunch of jerk-offs the Falcons are! They’re going to be one and done in the playoffs again. Very satisfying that the Bucs beat them in this game. Next year Schiano and the Bucs are going to be playoff material, you can bet on it!

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