Sideline monitors weren’t working when Celek concussed


One of the new steps to protect players from concussions was the installation of video replay monitors on the sidelines, so trainers and doctors can take a look at the way injuries occur.

Those monitors work best when they work.

But according to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, the monitors on the Eagles sidelines weren’t functioning when tight end Brent Celek suffered a concussion at Tampa Bay.

It wasn’t working,” Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said. “Because Brent was complaining of neck pain and said he had lost consciousness, I wanted to see it on the monitor. I went over and they said it wasn’t up and running.”

Burkholder said it wasn’t the first time the system malfunctioned, either.

“I wish I could say it was, but it’s not,” the Eagles trainer said.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said there was a problem with the power supply for one of the components that handles the video signal, and that it was addressed during the game.

“Similar to instant replay, it’s a computer-based system that has periodic issues that are generally addressed immediately with minimal disruption,” Aiello said.

Technical glitches are understandable, if they’re isolated and infrequent. As far as the Eagles are concerned, that’s not the case.

7 responses to “Sideline monitors weren’t working when Celek concussed

  1. Why is it always philidelphia? From brian Westbrook being rushed out 2 weeks after a concussion wich basically ended his career when he immediatly suffered another one (yes I know he want to san fran the next year but he was a shot player by then) to Mike Vick getting”dirt in his eye” though his visor when his bell was rung to now the sideline monitors not working when celek got hurt. This team is the worst offenders when it comes to dealing with concussions for years.

  2. Makes you wonder if the monitors are more for player safety or to let the teams know how liable a team is if a injured player is sent back out on the field. I mean if a guy takes a hit and tells you that he has a sore neck and lost consciousnesses , what do you need to look at?

  3. Celek never return to the game, and isn’t playing this week. I’m not sure exactly what the point is. This isn’t a case where, say, Robert Griffen gets a concussion and the next week he’s playing. It’s obviously a liability thing.

  4. It sounds like the medical evaluations have the same problem as the officiating–all they care about is if the play “looked” bad. “Hard hit, gotta throw the flag.” “Hard hit, the guy must have gotten a concussion.”

    The NFL is so petrified of the former players’ concussion lawsuits that they’re implementing all these things that make absolutely no sense. There are tests to see if a guy has a concussion. Looking at a video isn’t going to help anything as virtually every hit in a game could in theory cause a concussion.

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