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Concussions end John Carlson’s season, maybe his career

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Vikings tight end John Carlson’s latest concussion has ended his season. It may also end his career.

The Vikings announced today that Carlson has been placed on injured reserve and will not play in the final two games of 2013. What is unclear now is whether the 29-year-old Carlson has a future in the NFL at all.

Carlson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week that he needs to confer with his family this offseason to determine whether it makes sense for him to keep playing football. Carlson declined to say exactly how many concussions he has suffered since he started playing football, but he has had at least three since 2011.

“That’s something that my wife and I will consider,” he said. “After every season it’s an evaluation period because of the nature of our business. Players move around, players get cut, coaches get fired, things happen. So in that sense, every year is an evaluation period and this year will be no different. And the concussion part of it will be in that conversation.”

Carlson said he needs to think not only about his own desire to play football but also about his responsibilities to his family.

“We have two kids and a third one on the way,” he said. “I’m taking steps to mitigate the risks. [But] there are risks to playing football.”

A second-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2008, Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings in 2012.

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29 Responses to “Concussions end John Carlson’s season, maybe his career”
  1. elliottcovert says: Dec 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    That’s a shame. He was just starting to click with the Vikings offense the past few weeks after a rocky start to his tenure with the team.

  2. davikes says: Dec 21, 2013 2:47 PM

    Walk away while you can still think.

  3. meatcarroll says: Dec 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    That’s too bad :-/

  4. kgod30 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:06 PM

    The sad part is that the last concussion was due to a cheap shot finish of a tackle vs. Baltimore. Instead of just taking Carlson down, they Raven defender whipped him right down on his head – cheap shot -and no penalty was called. Carlson was really starting to his stride with the Vikings and then he suffers this unfortunate concussion that could have been avoided. Why there was no call or fine for the Raven player is beyond me.

  5. vegashawk says: Dec 21, 2013 3:16 PM

    I really liked him in Seattle but I think after the hit vs the bears in Chicago in the playoffs changed him. I’ll never forget him catching the ball and getting upended on the sideline and landing head first on that frozen Chicago surface. He looked like he was getting it back with the Vikings and now this. Too bad, good luck to him.

  6. realfootballfan says: Dec 21, 2013 3:31 PM

    A second-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2008, Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings in 2012.

    ——
    And there’s still a question about whether Rick Spielman should keep his job? Okay, if you like being in last place I suppose.

  7. f1restarter says: Dec 21, 2013 3:34 PM

    This is sad. Even sadder is the fact that he would finish his career with Minnesota. He seems to be a classy player who deserves to play for a classy organization.

  8. swedishfish14 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    I was disappointed on how he was thrown to the ground on the concussion play. It looked like he was driven in head first. His concussion suffered in Chicago was partly due to a frozen field.

  9. toonloonboon says: Dec 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    all tight ends are going extinct because of where on the field they catch the majority of their passes. a college one has already quit the game. jordan reed a rookie this year in washington is already mulling retirement

  10. swedishfish14 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    I hope he ends his career. I want him to have a healthy life. Everyone deserves that. Plus, he can go out holding his head high, proving that he was a good tight end in his last few games.

  11. beastmode5150 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    Good dude. Good luck john. Go hawks.

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:41 PM

    Dude was coming around for them…sucks. And the guy who hit Carlson should have been suspended. That was a dirty, cheap shot.

  13. favrelous says: Dec 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    There goes the season. Now I know how the packers feel.

  14. scoobies05 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:46 PM

    good luck to you

  15. smillr58 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:49 PM

    Thanks John, enjoyed watching you play.

  16. sdsmooth says: Dec 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    Carlson plays for the Vikings, right? Wasn’t their season over months ago?

  17. ravensterps says: Dec 21, 2013 4:38 PM

    kgod30 says: Dec 21, 2013 3:06 PM

    The sad part is that the last concussion was due to a cheap shot finish of a tackle vs. Baltimore. Instead of just taking Carlson down, they Raven defender whipped him right down on his head – cheap shot -and no penalty was called. Carlson was really starting to his stride with the Vikings and then he suffers this unfortunate concussion that could have been avoided. Why there was no call or fine for the Raven player is beyond me.

    —————————————-

    That’s because tackling isn’t illegal.

    I feel terrible that his career may be over but are you really suggesting we flag people for not tackling gently enough?

  18. pwt3 says: Dec 21, 2013 4:44 PM

    Lot of money already (assuming he hasn’t been dumb about it) and a Notre Dame degree to fall back on.

    Hard to leave 15 or however many million on the table, but I think it’s actually an unusually easy call in this case.

  19. koreystringerswidow says: Dec 21, 2013 5:12 PM

    At least this young man can walk away.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 5:16 PM

    Carlson = soft.

    Bert Favre would have played through it.

    Something just happens to these guys when they put on that purple.

  21. Ed Bandell says: Dec 21, 2013 5:36 PM

    Why is there no fine every time Joe Flacco gets drilled in the chest with the crown of a helmet, gets whacked in the head, takes a late hit, and gets his knee blown up? Those are actually cheap hits that are illegal.

    Tackling a man to the turf is not and believe it or not, this is where most concussions come from. Not from the tackle, but the force of your head hitting the turf after your body falls.

    If the NFL really wants to protect players, they should ensure that every field is in tremendous condition, outlaw artificial turf, and impose and new field softness rating that every NFL field must adhere to. If weather conditions such as freezing temperatures create and unsafe field softness rating, the game will be canceled, relocated, or postponed until the field properly thaws.

    Meanwhile the league will introduce new mandatory safety equipment consisting of giant inflatable bubbles made of high impact tested clear rubber bubble wrap. There is to be no more tackling, only two hand touch. Touching a QB in any designated “bad touch” areas will result in fines and penalties.

    I mean really…what is the game coming to? Football is a collision sport, not a contact sport. Everyone is bigger, stronger, faster, and something has to give. The human body will only take so much punishment.

  22. seaeagle707 says: Dec 21, 2013 5:58 PM

    JC was my favorite Hawks player when he was here. I used a photo of him running with the ball on the masthead of a blog I wrote. I was sad when the Hawks traded him away, and am now even sadder to learn this news.

    Do the smart thing John, for you and your family. If your body is telling you to quit, don’t argue with it.

  23. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 21, 2013 6:24 PM

    Carlson’s salary was cut prior to this season, so it isn’t like he has the rest of that big contract on the line. He should probably just retire and play it safe. I hear Aaron Rodgers is considering the same thing.

  24. puckthefackers says: Dec 21, 2013 6:37 PM

    Wonderful that a man’s career may have just ended, and there are people making jokes.

    I guess when you’re low-class fans of a low-class organization like Green Bay, this is what you do.

  25. gb4mn0 says: Dec 21, 2013 7:18 PM

    The concussion didn’t end his career. It ended when he signed with the vikqueens.

  26. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 21, 2013 7:24 PM

    I was happy to see him have a few big games this year. From everything I ever read from when he was drafted and even as he moved on with a new team was what a class act and dedicated football player he is.

    He had some much potential but I think it was cold field in that playoff games against Bears game that started the problems, just a unlucky hit and landed on his head. Take your health you have now and retire with the millions you have already made John Carlson. Nothing else to prove.

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 7:45 PM

    The first hint that he had a severe brain injury was when he signed with the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  28. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 21, 2013 8:39 PM

    Know your grandkids by their name Carlson, thanks for the TD vs Washington that was sweet and was the first I’ve ever seen by a kid who grew up cheering for the Vikings get to do a cris carter touchdown.

    Stay classy packer fan, and good job mocking our free agency signings. Say how is that million dollar QB doing with all the pro-bowl offensive lineman you guys sign in the offseason anyway? It’s be pretty stupid to sign a guy to that much money and depend on 4th and 5th draft picks to protect him and never sign one singular offensive lineman in free agency.

  29. censoredagain says: Dec 21, 2013 9:53 PM

    I hope he puts his family first and walks away. Its a sad story, and I wish him nothing but the best, but you’ve got to take care of what really matters.

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