Sean Payton: Process of evaluating Coby Fleener concussion “took place in a good way”

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During last Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Saints tight end Coby Fleener left the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.

That development couldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone who saw the shot to the head Fleener took from Rams defensive back Blake Countess while trying to catch a Drew Brees pass. What did come as a surprise was that Fleener was allowed to return to the game to drop a pass before anyone with the Saints or otherwise charged with watching for possible concussions thought he should be evaluated.

On a Wednesday conference call, Saints coach Sean Payton said that “the process took place in a good way” because Fleener didn’t immediately have any symptoms.

“It wasn’t until a play or two later — I want to say early the next series — where he was having more of a vision issue and as soon as Dan (Campbell), his position coach, realized it, we held him back and went ahead and had testing,” Payton said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Given the nature of the hit, the fact that Fleener clearly looked shaken up when he got back on his feet and the mechanisms in place for calling for an evaluation, it still seems like a miss that Fleener wasn’t taken to the blue sideline tent right away. This is the fifth concussion that Fleener has suffered while playing football across all levels and we’ll get a sense in the next couple of days where he stands in terms of getting cleared from the protocol.

3 responses to “Sean Payton: Process of evaluating Coby Fleener concussion “took place in a good way”

  1. The network got a really good look at Fleener immediately after the play. He stood up with glassy eyes and shook his head like a boxer who had just gotten KOd. That’s what a concussion IS. He should have gone to the tent immediately.

  2. Here we go. Concussion shaming.

    They pulled the guy out of the game when his symptoms were evident. What else are they supposed to do? Just take all the players hit hard to the blue tent?

    It’s football. At some point, we have to agree that football is dangerous, these men are fully aware of the consequences of playing, and that not every concussion is going to be diagnosed the exact second it occurs.

    The system is working.

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