Patrick Chung appeared to keep playing after a concussion

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Patriots safety Patrick Chung was removed from Super Bowl LII with a concussion. But he appeared to keep playing after he suffered that concussion.

With nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, Chung was in on a tackle on Jay Ajayi and stayed down after everyone else in the pile got up. Ajayi appeared to be signaling to the Patriots’ sideline that Chung had been knocked unconscious, while referee Gene Steratore attended to Chung before the medical staff got on the field.

But after Chung was checked out on the sideline, he returned to the field and played. It wasn’t until three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, when Chung was in on another tackle and hurt again, that he was ruled out for the game with a concussion.

Chung should have been removed from the game after the collision on the Ajayi run, which a medical spotter should have recognized as a hit that caused a concussion. That he returned to the field is another failure of the NFL’s concussion protocol.

44 responses to “Patrick Chung appeared to keep playing after a concussion

  1. It has become increasingly clear that the importance of a particular game outweighs the importance of player safety.

  2. Patsies just trying to cut corners and hold onto the dream as it was slipping away.

    They should’ve just thrown Cooks back out there while they were at it.

    Chung never should’ve been on the field again and Cooks needs to pay attention and not run around like a chicken minus head.

    It all worked out.

    Patsy dynasty is OVER and Monday is a beautiful day.

    Gotta love it.

  3. What medical degree does Ajayi have? Yeah let’s listen to the medical decision of a football player rather than the … Oh I don’t know… the actual medical team on the sideline. You think that maybe Ajayi was trying to fake out the medical spotter to get one of the Pats best defensive player off the field.

  4. If my memory serves correct, Chung collided with a teammate on the tackle and was not trucked by Ajayi. Ajayi did pantomime the “head on pillow” gesture at the Pats players after the play, but there was no indication Chung was actually knocked out, although he was noticeably slow to get to his feet.

  5. All Ajayi did was motion that Chung was nitenite and to get on the field to assist him. He colided with another player and was knocked out. Not a chance in the world he should of been allowed to get back out there.
    The system is broken!!!

  6. So much for better helmets. When is the last time you watched a game without a concussion? I’m talking about the “not getting up concussion”, not the “get up and say to yourself, oh wow, I got my bell rung on that one.” Helmets are either too light (it’s all about speed), don’t fit tight enough, I don’t know….the hard hits are the same as they’ve always been. They can’t keep changing the rules of the game, make a better helmet.

  7. This is another rule and procedure that must be fixed for next season,there seem to be many. After the Russel Wilson’ “I drink recovery water,I feel fine ” 20 second tent visit,there is clearly a problem with concussion protocol . The most glaring , what is a catch ? The Ertz play seemed pretty clear that it was a catch but Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth seemed confused and flat out ruled it no catch. The other catch seemed more iffy but New York thought otherwise. Balls move all the time and with cameras everywhere and they are magnified a thousand times you are going to see the ball move at some point on many plays. I saw a poll that over 80% of the fans were hoping for an Eagles win,thanks NFL.

  8. theravishingrachelnichols says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:57 am
    If my memory serves correct, Chung collided with a teammate on the tackle and was not trucked by Ajayi. Ajayi did pantomime the “head on pillow” gesture at the Pats players after the play, but there was no indication Chung was actually knocked out, although he was noticeably slow to get to his feet.
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    He was out on his feet, come on.

  9. Patriots are funny that way. They act like they care for their players but here again a clear case of the opposite being true. Millions of people saw that Chung got knocked out cold. Patriots staff were the only one’s to not see that part? Right.

  10. If the NFL is really interested in player safety(which they clearly aren’t). A player should be ruled out of the game after they are knocked unconscious on the field. Cooks was out, Chung was out. The SB is not so important that the teams should feel pressured into playing a guy that just got knocked out. If it’s clear on the replay, have the officials rule the player ineligible to return.

  11. Just further proof that the rules that apply to the rest of the league don’t apply to the Patriots. That favoritism didn’t help them this time, though.

  12. Cmon man, its only over when the Brady and Bellicheck retire

    mullman76 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:52 am
    Patsies just trying to cut corners and hold onto the dream as it was slipping away.

    They should’ve just thrown Cooks back out there while they were at it.

    Chung never should’ve been on the field again and Cooks needs to pay attention and not run around like a chicken minus head.

    It all worked out.

    Patsy dynasty is OVER and Monday is a beautiful day.

    Gotta love it.

  13. All I know is that Chung, Cooks, and Gronkowski have been trucked hard enough to see stars for more than a few days, and BB sat his best Corner. Maybe BB took a shot to the head, too?

  14. For those haters here bleating like sheep “cheat..cheat…”

    Please look up the definition of the word “independent” and consider what it means in the term “independent neurologist”

    It is up to the independent neurologist to recognize a concussion. It is not up to the Patriots to decide “Our medical opinion is better that some doctor’s opinion, the neurologist missed it, and so we should keep him out, even if we are not told to do so”

    It’s silly. Blame the INDEPENDENT neurologist, not the Patriots.

    The system appears to need fixing, but it is in no way “cheating”

  15. killitandeatit says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:12 am
    This is another rule and procedure that must be fixed for next season,there seem to be many. After the Russel Wilson’ “I drink recovery water,I feel fine ” 20 second tent visit,there is clearly a problem with concussion protocol . The most glaring , what is a catch ? The Ertz play seemed pretty clear that it was a catch but Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth seemed confused and flat out ruled it no catch. The other catch seemed more iffy but New York thought otherwise. Balls move all the time and with cameras everywhere and they are magnified a thousand times you are going to see the ball move at some point on many plays. I saw a poll that over 80% of the fans were hoping for an Eagles win,thanks NFL.

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    Collingsworth was a Pats homer the entire game. Ertz had clearly completed the catch at the 5 and was a runner before he dove for the goal line. At that point, nothing after the ball breaks the plane of the goal line matters. Collingsworth was already getting ready for the Pats postgame victory party when the Eagles scored.

  16. hardheadedrb says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:09 am
    So much for better helmets. When is the last time you watched a game without a concussion? I’m talking about the “not getting up concussion”, not the “get up and say to yourself, oh wow, I got my bell rung on that one.” Helmets are either too light (it’s all about speed), don’t fit tight enough, I don’t know….the hard hits are the same as they’ve always been. They can’t keep changing the rules of the game, make a better helmet.

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    If only it were possible. A helmet is not designed to protect the brain. It protects the skull. It is a hard shell over your hard shell (skull). The forces going on inside your skull are not lessened by the helmet.

  17. feckyerlife says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Cmon man, its only over when the Brady and Bellicheck retire

    mullman76 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:52 am
    Patsies just trying to cut corners and hold onto the dream as it was slipping away.

    They should’ve just thrown Cooks back out there while they were at it.

    Chung never should’ve been on the field again and Cooks needs to pay attention and not run around like a chicken minus head.

    It all worked out.

    Patsy dynasty is OVER and Monday is a beautiful day.

    Gotta love it.
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    LMAO, the Dynasty is over when they stop going to Superbowls. Gotta get there to Win OR lose. Your team can’t win on the golf course!

  18. hardheadedrb says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:09 am
    So much for better helmets. When is the last time you watched a game without a concussion? I’m talking about the “not getting up concussion”, not the “get up and say to yourself, oh wow, I got my bell rung on that one.” Helmets are either too light (it’s all about speed), don’t fit tight enough, I don’t know….the hard hits are the same as they’ve always been. They can’t keep changing the rules of the game, make a better helmet.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Helmet is not designed to protect the brain. It protects the skull. It is a hard shell over a hard shell. What is going on inside your skull is not lessened by the helmet.

  19. LSUStrong says: February 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What medical degree does Ajayi have? Yeah let’s listen to the medical decision of a football player rather than the … Oh I don’t know… the actual medical team on the sideline. You think that maybe Ajayi was trying to fake out the medical spotter to get one of the Pats best defensive player off the field.
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    Well, considering Ajayi was standing right next to him, I’d say he was in a better position to know when someone is hurt than you. It doesn’t take a doctor to know when someone is knocked out. You’re not one to question anyone’s degree considering you’re a fan of LSU, which is quite possibly one of the worst schools in the country.

  20. theravishingrachelnichols says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:57 am
    “…Ajayi did pantomime the “head on pillow” gesture at the Pats players after the play, but there was no indication Chung was actually knocked out…”
    I’m not sure if you’re accusing Ajayi of taunting the Pats players or not, but the “head on the pillow” gesture he made wasn’t directed at the Pats players – it was a sign to New England’s trainer on the sidelines indicating that Chung was unconscious and needed medical attention on the field, or in other words, an “indication Chung was actually knocked out”.

  21. joetoronto says:

    February 5, 2018 at 10:18 am

    theravishingrachelnichols says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:57 am
    If my memory serves correct, Chung collided with a teammate on the tackle and was not trucked by Ajayi. Ajayi did pantomime the “head on pillow” gesture at the Pats players after the play, but there was no indication Chung was actually knocked out, although he was noticeably slow to get to his feet.
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    He was out on his feet, come on.
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    I’m not saying he wasn’t concussed and should have kept playing, I’m just saying he didn’t appear to lose consciousness. Per the NFL rules he should have been pulled. And yes, I think Ajayi was taunting the Pats, not calling for help. I don’t care, that was just my interpretation.

  22. albanyhawker says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:49 am
    Pats pulled the same BS in SB 49 against the Seahawks.
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    Hey knuckleheads concussions are totally out of the team’s hands there is an independent evaluator accountable only to the league. Sorry the facts don’t fit your script.

  23. faeridream says:

    February 5, 2018 at 11:23 am

    theravishingrachelnichols says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:57 am
    “…Ajayi did pantomime the “head on pillow” gesture at the Pats players after the play, but there was no indication Chung was actually knocked out…”
    I’m not sure if you’re accusing Ajayi of taunting the Pats players or not, but the “head on the pillow” gesture he made wasn’t directed at the Pats players – it was a sign to New England’s trainer on the sidelines indicating that Chung was unconscious and needed medical attention on the field, or in other words, an “indication Chung was actually knocked out”.
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    Yeah, right.

  24. TheTruth says:

    the Dynasty is over when they stop going to Superbowls
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    So… what you’re saying is… it is ok to lose Super Bowls and still be a dynasty? Wow – that must make Vikings & Bills fans feel good.

  25. He was not hit on the head on the play. He just got up slow. Ajayi was just a bit full of himself on the play and assumed Chung was the player he collided with.

  26. Well, considering Ajayi was standing right next to him, I’d say he was in a better position to know when someone is hurt than you. It doesn’t take a doctor to know when someone is knocked out. You’re not one to question anyone’s degree considering you’re a fan of LSU, which is quite possibly one of the worst schools in the country
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    Funny how you imply I lack an education when you show a complete lack of reading comprehension. When did I say Chung was or was not hurt?

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