Possibly concussed Bakhtiari forces his way back to field for extra point

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The NFL continues to struggle to ensure that potentially concussed players are kept out of game action.

According to Pam Oliver of FOX, Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari forced his way onto the field while being evaluated for a concussion.

Bakhtiari, a rookie who was thrust into the starting lineup after Bryan Bulaga tore an ACL in the preseason, was able to participate in the PAT attempt following the fourth-quarter touchdown that gave the Packers their second lead of the day.  He later was taken to the locker room for a full evaluation.

His ability to get past doctors and trainers for the PAT once again highlights the lingering flaws in the league’s procedures for getting potentially concussed players off the field and away from the risk of suffering a second concussion in the immediate aftermath of his first one.

38 responses to “Possibly concussed Bakhtiari forces his way back to field for extra point

  1. Who cares? Who has to live with the effects, you or the player(s)? He wants to play, then play, but don’t try to sue the league in 10 years.

  2. These precautions are getting silly. I must have heard “concussion protocol” 50 times watching these four games.

  3. So what is an average sized person reasonably expected to do in order to restrain a lineman intent on going back on the field? I would love to see you try. “No, stop. Wait. Don’t do that.”

  4. His ability to get back on the field is because he is a 330lb man. What are the doctors going to do? Unless a doctor is willing to run onto the field and delay the game until the refs get the guy off the field, this is going to happen.

  5. Concussion protocol silly? It’s not like a proven fact they cause all kinds of brain injuries huh? Players don’t shoot themselves in the chest to have their brains examined for nothing.

  6. mediasloppy says: Jan 5, 2014 7:47 PM

    Concussion protocol silly? It’s not like a proven fact they cause all kinds of brain injuries huh? Players don’t shoot themselves in the chest to have their brains examined for nothing.

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    It’s a tough sport played by tough men. I could never do it. Aside from not being talented enough they made me a tight end. I hated going across the middle and getting clocked, and blocking guys sticking their helmets in my chest, so I stopped playing. These guys are pros who know exactly what they’re getting themselves into. They don’t need to be told that they can’t do what they love. By now everyone knows the risks.

  7. Thank you 49ers for showing that the Packers can’t win important games without assistance. The gravy train had to end sooner or later, Packers fans.

  8. I guess they need to start handcuffing anyone with concussion symptoms to keep them safe. What’s next? Force a player with concussion symptoms to remain in the locker room for the duration of the game?

  9. This is getting stupid…..but this is also what happens when lawyers rule things. If lawsuits (all lawsuits) hadn’t been allowed to grow totally out of control the way they have, this wouldn’t be taking place….the NFL would be what it used to be. These players are big boys and know the risks…..that’s why they make as much money as they do.

    Its not about player safety, its about money, like it always is.

  10. Well, the Packers played well, the niners played better.

    I feel good about where the Packers are; they are a few defensive playmakers away.

    At least we know they’ll win the division for the next 5-10 years straight. No team is even close.

  11. Lingering flaws? Maybe they should have a guy who shoots a player with a tranqualizer dart as soon as a concussion is suspected. The flaw is the stupid rule itself. You want to eliminate concussions….then eliminate football.

  12. tokyosandblaster

    There isn’t a team in football, several of which are currently much better than the packers, who will win their division for the next 10 years. 5 years alone would be a stretch, and that goes for the seahawks, broncos, and pats.

    The packers won this year because of a total collapse by Detroit. Both the Lions and the Bears are close….and the Vikings may be in the best spot of all in 2-3 years.

  13. Tell it to somebody who cares ; these guys are being paid a heck of a lot of money to play this game. They knew the risks when they signed up , and the constant flood of concussion related articles by the press is just another straw from the hay bale of political correctness being piled on to the nations already overburdened back.

  14. All you have to do is take their helmet and put it away.

    Problem solved.

    Of course the brain trust in Green Bay can’t figure that out….

  15. I’ll be the first one to say it. We need armed guards and WWF wrestlers on the sideline to prevent this from ever happening again.

    If a guy tries to get back on the field, tackle him and punch him in the face.

    If a player tries to make it back to the field after that, the order is simple: shoot on sight!

  16. Why is it that liberals always insist on speaking up for people who don’t want to be spoken for?

  17. “what voodoo mistress did we anger?”

    the diet gods is the answer you seek. i know a little about the packers dietary preparations. what i can say for sure is that i sure as hell wouldnt be eating what their players are served for meals if i played there. write me off if you want but sports injury is purely nutrition. youtube DEAD ATHLETES DONT LIE

  18. I understand the players know the side effects of concussions and will want to continue to play during the game. They still young or relatively young. The bottom line is that the NFL has a Concussion Protocol to keep players from hurting themselves.

    Yes it’s about money, but even more for the future. If the NFL doesn’t take it seriously no one will. High School coaches and College coaches will continue to put players back on the field who shouldn’t be. You have legends in the game right now who even when asked are not sure if they want their own kids playing football. So it’s also a perception issue.

    It’s the times we live in. Technology is a wonderful thing. Maybe they’ll start making better helmets.

  19. This kid was thinking about keeping his job, he ain’t got time for the lawyer’s liability protection protocol!

  20. His ability to get past doctors and trainers for the PAT once again highlights the lingering flaws in the league’s procedures for getting potentially concussed players off the field and away from the risk of suffering a second concussion in the immediate aftermath of his first one.

    What flaws. This is the first year with this system. There are probably over 100 players, officials, doctors, trainers, camera people and assorted others all hyped and running on and off the field at that moment and that’s just one side of the field.

    They missed one, big deal.

  21. The player being big has nothing to do with this. All players are big. Why doesn’t every player who wants to be on the field just go out on to the field? What is stopping them? The team could of stopped him and this is their responsibility. Expect a fine.

  22. As someone else said it’s got to be helmet off and put away until evaluation is done.

    He’s blocking an extra point, he doesn’t need to be out there.

    As for the concussions the first thing that needs to happen is to get the drug testing above and beyond the standard. That might make sure that the average of players are smaller, lighter and not hitting as hard.

    Then it might be time to consider rugby style helmets so players don’t use their head a battering ram. You can’t deliver the same impact with a shoulder as you can the head and you wont be concussed.

  23. I call BS on this.

    1) Players undergoing concussion protocols don’t have access to their helmets to prevent this very thing from happening.

    2) If the coaching staff knew the player was undergoing the concussion protocol, they would have had a replacement on the field, which would have resulted in 12 men on the field for the Packers.

    I think Bakhtiari TALKED his way back onto the field without being properly checked for a concussion. When the team realized it was probably a bad idea to have allowed that to happen, they hustled him off of the field and fed the fake story to Oliver that he physically forced his way back out there in order to cover their you-know-whats.

  24. What I hate is when they say the guy is a ‘developmental’ player and wasn’t supposed to do much this year (Batiari) that really says, well the guy is so so and we drafted him to fill in and rest other players.
    There were some very good O linemen Teddy could have picked in early rounds but Ted felt he had Beluga coming back (injured for season on family night game) Sherrod coming back from two years off for broken leg didn’t come back till mid season so this guy had to play.

  25. Jan 5, 2014 10:21 PM
    The player being big has nothing to do with this. All players are big. Why doesn’t every player who wants to be on the field just go out on to the field? What is stopping them? The team could of stopped him and this is their responsibility. Expect a fine.
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    All teams are required to take the helmit away from the guy if they suspect concussion just so he can’t sneak on the field. The Packers didn’t get that memo.

  26. How about giving the docs & AT more control, it’s the coach’s decision to put a player back in as they are given updates on player availability. As long as they were informed, it’s their fault. Otherwise the training staff didn’t do enough. It shouldn’t happen, but the truth is not public knowledge so who knows?

  27. Ultimately you are talking about a league where a guy like this can be out of a job at any time. Of course he is going to want to be out on the field as much as he can, and show that he is “tough”.

    If this was baseball, where you can rot on the bench with your salary being paid because they can’t get rid of it even if they wanted to, maybe you’d see more guys take the “concussion protocol” seriously.

  28. While it is not easy to stop a 300lb+ man from going back on the field, they could do it by having a one game suspension for anyone that does that. Sometimes you have to protect them from themselves.

    Of course then they probably wouldn’t report the problem in the first place.

  29. How do you implement a system to help people who don’t want your help? People who will surely blame you when they are damaged, but refute every measure to protect them.

    Maybe the NFL should talk to the US government, they are always getting involved to save countries that don’t want our help!

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