Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin has “mild” concussion


The Panthers’ top wide receiver missed the club’s Wednesday practice as he goes through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Rookie Kelvin Benjamin suffered a “mild” concussion in Sunday’s tie at Cincinnati, head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

According to David Newton of, Rivera affirmed he believed the concussion was “mild.”

Benjamin passed concussion testing on Sunday after a second-quarter collision with Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Rivera said, per the Observer, with the Panthers’ head coach indicating he believed the concussion stemmed from the hit. Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, which Rivera called “aggressive” but not out of line, the Observer said.

The Panthers’ first-round pick in May, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Benjamin has started all six games for Carolina, catching 31 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns.

If Benjamin can’t play Sunday at Green Bay, veterans Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery will be the top receivers for Carolina (3-2-1), which holds first place in the NFC South.

16 responses to “Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin has “mild” concussion

  1. Even the whinebag Carolina coach said the WR hit was OK …” Rivera called [the hit] ‘aggressive’ but not out of line”. WR lowered his head into the tackler … it is “tackle” football, after all … it was a bogus “roughness” call with no subsequent fine assessed

  2. I’ve always thought Ron Rivera was always pretty neutral. Not much of a whine bag at all.

    Kelvin is a tough guy, and has proved as much in his short stint in the league. The guy has some serious potential. Get healthy first.

    Panther fan

  3. At this point, the Panthers would save time and effort listing the players that AREN’T injured on this week’s injury report. And going up against Green Bay and their 87 receivers. Ugh.

  4. So many thumbs down on an honest presentation of THE FACTS … pretty much demonstrates the wholly delusional pea-brained mob mentality on this incident …

  5. Mild? How are brain injuries mild?

    What the shot to the head wasn’t as bad as it could be because he only lost consciousness for five seconds as opposed to ten?

  6. @whodeybacker

    Yup, the Panther WR in this instance is after all 6’5″ tall … Burfict has some astounding body control & athleticism but he’d have to be a #@$%ing kangaroo to go helmet to helmet if this WR doesn’t drop his own head into the tackle …

  7. Why can’t a concussion be mild? Doesn’t that mean it is a mild brain injury as opposed to moderate or severe?

    If it was my son I would want to know if the concussion was mild or severe, despite what the PC police say.

  8. In the military we grade concussions/TBI using the same basic scale as outlined on WebMD:

    “Concussions are graded as mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), or severe (grade 3), depending on such factors as loss of consciousness, amnesia, and loss of equilibrium.

    In a grade 1 concussion, symptoms last for less than 15 minutes. There is no loss of consciousness.

    With a grade 2 concussion, there is no loss of consciousness but symptoms last longer than 15 minutes.

    In a grade 3 concussion, the person loses consciousness, sometimes just for a few seconds.”

    Sounds like Eric Winston and the NFLPA need to better educate themselves before ripping coaches…

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