Jordan Reed admits to hiding concussion

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The rookie season of Washington tight end Jordan Reed was marred by a concussion that caused him to miss the final seven games of the 2013 campaign.  As if turns out, the head injury that put him out of action wasn’t the first one he sustained last year.

“I think I had had a concussion two weeks before, but I didn’t tell nobody so when I took a shot to the side of my head against the Eagles it made it worse,” Reed told David Elfin of The SportsXchange.  “I was in a bad spot for a long time.  I didn’t know if they would ever go away, but I’m past it now.”

Reed recently has called the injury a “fluke thing.”  If it’s a fluke that he had a concussion and didn’t tell anyone and then had a second one perhaps before the first one had healed in the sense that it’s an aberration, hopefully Reed is right.  With the increased sensitivity to spotting and treating concussions, the idea that a player suffered a concussion and no one noticed should be regarded as troubling — especially if it’s not uncommon.

26 responses to “Jordan Reed admits to hiding concussion

  1. As a Skins fan, this dude is a very bright spot, but I do worry about his durability, which was a big concern with him coming out of college. When he was “on”, he was damn near unstoppable on the field, and I think he’ll be a great piece of this “RGIII 3rd season/Gruden 1st season” experiment.

    As a weird aside, people compared this guy a lot to Hernandez coming out of school due to his size and potential mismatch problems. Obviously this guy is nothing like the (alleged… lawyers!) lunatic that Hernandez is, but it’s just a funny thing in hindsight where you wonder if this guy is just like “Aww man.”

  2. That’s crazy. How can the entire staff of coaches & trainers not know one of their players suffered a concussion? Maybe they didn’t want to know. Losers.

  3. Someone out there is going to make a boat load of money by designing a helmet that will significantly reduce the severity/chance of concussions but leave in the “crack!” sound of helmet-on-helmet hits. And when they do we might just get to see ESPN bring back the “He got JACKED up!” highlights.

  4. What is the team supposed to do? Unless you see a player get whacked on the head or the head hit the ground hard (which is unlikely), you would have to test every player after every play. A trainer would have to notice a player looking whoozy, which is also not likely. NO. A player must come forward for this concussion thing to be settled.

  5. This kid is a good player, and I understand this is his livelihood and he is desperate to show he belongs. Which is all good. However, from this point on, Reed is no longer allowed to comment or participate on any law suits against the NFL involving player safety. Trust me, this issue is only going to get bigger legally and openly admitting you willingly hid a brain injury from your team physicians is going to come back to bite him big time both legally and more importantly personal health wise. This issue and the drug issue are enormous legal topics within the sports business community. However, since both sides understand that exposing too much will only hurt the gold pot that is the NFL currently, they keep the public comments very civil. Reed doesn’t understand the damage he is doing to himself, the Union, and ex-players suing the league, by openly admitting, that of his own volition he hid a brain injury.

  6. They put their star QB back out on the field when everyone in the stadium could see his knee was shredded, does this surprise anybody?

  7. And when he’s suing the league is 20 years he’ll be singing a completely different tune.

  8. And this is why the league should not be liable for all these concussion lawsuits. ‘Nuff said, IMO

  9. Not good that he has a proclivity to having concussions. If you have one you are much more susceptible to having another .. and .. it can cause permanent damage.

    Reed is dedicated, but, in the long run, he’s hurting his career and future life. If he sustains too many more he needs to retire

  10. Ironic back to back posts. The latter dealing w/ pee testing & the other dealing with incompetent doctors seemingly always failing to detect medical issues either in game or during the week. It’s about time the medical staff start getting hit in the wallet for allowing players to play with broken bones, missing concussions, in Simms case a lacerated spleen. Lets not forget everyone watching RG3’s knee against Seattle in the post season. Somehow everyone watching –but the medical staff– knew his knee wasn’t right.

    If the NFL is as concerned about the shield as it claims, then owners and doctors would be held accountable not just the players.

  11. Well this is one guy that’s going to sue when he’s done with football. Why let him keep playing? His law suite is only going to be bigger.

  12. You don’t have to be knocked out or even close to it to have a concussion. You man up and walk back to the huddle or sidelines. You probably saw the big white flash and woozy for a few seconds. It’s easy to hide it.

  13. I’m amazed at how much interest and effort is put into concussion awareness in football, hockey and baseball etc., and yet in sports where the object is to inflict blows to the noodle it’s ok…i.e. MMA, Boxing and any other hand to hand sports.

    I mean let’s get real if you allow sports like MMA and Boxing especially where guys are constantly taking blows to the head go on, and don’t give it the scrutiny that’s given to the other sports where a blow to the head in most cases is incidental, then why all this concern for football players especially?

  14. OK, so we are all raining judgement down on Reed and the team for not identifying this sooner. But looking at it from Reed and the team’s perspective really underscores more basic problems:

    1. Player — the average length of the NFL players career is something like 3 years. Teams are always looking to replace you. Heck, Reed saw that they were trying to replace Davis with him, right after they replaced Cooley with Davis. There is immense pressure on these guys to get out and play so they won’t be replaced. Couple that with the fact that the whole NFL has a “warrior’s mentality” where you play through pain, etc. for the sake of your brothers. Sure, you want to say, “report it” but look at it from Reed’s point of view…or any player for that matter. Turning around this culture would really require you to just give all players more long term guaranteed money that insulated them from being thrown on the scrap heap. Until then, there is going to be pressure on players to hide their injuries.

    2. Team — a concussion is not like a broken leg. A guy can get a concussion and “hide it” as long as he’s not totally blacked out or stumbling around the field. Some may think that teams should always “know” but I think there is so much grey area between “getting your bell rung” and “sustaining a concussion” that it’s more difficult than we’re admitting. As has been stated, you would almost need to test all players all the time to know if they had been concussed. The only thing I could really see them doing about this is having all players go through a concussion test the day after game day — whether they had sustained a “big hit” or not. Only then could you catch all of it and even then you won’t catch them all in the middle of the game.

    3. The larger issue — the larger issue, medically, here is that there appears to be a general misperception that brain injuries are only sustained on “big hits” which is why the NFL is legislating against that. However, medical research has been growing that players actually sustain brain injuries through a series of smaller, little hits as well. Play after play just running into each other on the line, bumping helmets, taking “head slaps” etc. that don’t appear to sustain huge concussions at the time have a cumulative effect that will impact a player over time. In this respect it is quite possible that even if the NFL eliiminated all “big hits” they would still be putting players in the position of sustaining brain injuries when they retire. This is a more serious issue as it implies that there may be no way to legislate out brain injuries all together. It may just be woven into the fabric of the game itself, with the only way to avoid it being to not play the game.

    It will be interesting to see if football will be around 50 years from now. I love the game but the objective side of myself really wonders about this.

  15. How can players admit to stuff like this on one hand and on the other be trying to make money in law suits. Surely the NFLPA and NFL have got to start banning players 5 plus games when they do things like this???

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