Chargers now admit Jahleel Addae had a concussion


During Thursday night’s game against the Broncos, Chargers safety Jahleel Addae appeared to be suffering from the symptoms of a concussion. At one point he looked disoriented and seemed to go into a convulsion while remaining on his feet, but he stayed in the game while fans on social media questioned why he was still playing while displaying such obvious distress.

Now the Chargers have admitted that Addae had a concussion.

After the game, Addae said he was evaluated on the sideline and had only suffered a stinger, but on Friday night the Chargers acknowledged that Addae did, in fact, have a concussion. The Chargers say he was cleared on the sideline during the game but diagnosed with additional tests on Friday.

It’s troubling that Addae kept playing and troubling that fans watching on TV could see something was wrong with him but the Chargers’ medical staff couldn’t. The Chargers have a history of allowing players to stay on the field when they’ve been concussed: Chargers guard Kris Dielman was staggering around on the field in 2011 but wasn’t immediately taken out of the game. His concussion turned out to be so severe that he never played again.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy became defensive when asked about Addae on Friday, telling reporters, “I was at the game. I was watching the game. I was there. I was watching it.” The Chargers’ medical staff should have been watching Addae more closely. He had no business continuing to play.

39 responses to “Chargers now admit Jahleel Addae had a concussion

  1. If the league is serious about concussions, start by yanking away draft picks for teams that fail to follow protocol. And stuff like this wouldn’t happen again. Even Stevie Wonder could’ve seen that Jahleel Addae had his eggs scrambled.

  2. Oh man, worse thing I’ve ever seen. They should fire the coach, the refs, Goodell, and sell the team. They are obviously trying to taint Peytons passing stats. Whew, hope I covered it all.

  3. Fines should be handed down for this. They’re toying with the man’s life and his career.

    The worst part isn’t that Mike McCoy got defensive when questioned but that he actually praised the medical staff for doing an excellent job.


  4. Absolutely deplorable! Charger medical n coaching staff have questionable integrity! McCoy needs to be disciplined by league and fined. More abuse allegations…pot calling kettle black. Hypocrisy abounds.

  5. Duh! I thought Chao was the bottom of the heap (the Charger doctor with all sorts of ethical issues and malpractice problems).

    I wonder where Spanos found this winner. On the other hand, when team doctors are selected by how much they can pay for the privilege (yes, that is how the greatest doctors in sports medicine are selected) what would you expect.

    Where is De Smith? I guess sleeping or hiding from Roger Goodell or golfing. Who was the independent neurological consultant? The NFLPA is a joke.

    Calling Eric Winston. When are you going to do anything about health and safety? Smith is your employee. He is not doing his job or seemingly any job. In the real world, an executive fails for 1 year, and he is fired. At NFLPA, 5 years of failure is tolerated. Eric, it is time to take an executive decision.

  6. Why would they think a staggering around player who just got a concussion could help the team more than putting the backup in?

    Makes absolutely no sense!

  7. It never ceases to amaze me how tone deaf the NFL is.

    While we may not be medical experts on concussions or other traumas, the average fan is much more aware of some of the life altering injuries suffered by players.
    Real fans would prefer no one ever get injured. However, when someone is injured, they have to be given proper medical attention immediately.

  8. Don´t forget this was the same medical staff that allowed Brandon Flowers back too soon one week before, as happened to CB Jason Verrett in this game, who tried to play through his injury just to see it reaggravated. I am a Charger fan and I´m very upset with the handling of the players safety.

  9. You have to hold players accountable as well. If you just convulsed and tried to man up to play and didn’t say anything about how you felt, you bear some responsibility also.

  10. These dudes have medical degrees. Let them do their jobs.

    If a player or players have a problem with what goes down, they have agents and they have a union.

  11. crp63 says:
    Oct 25, 2014 7:21 AM
    Fine the organization 250,000 and strip a draft pick away and that type of nonsense will cease.

    This is an excellent suggestion. Take away a 2nd or a 3rd round draft pick and not only the Chargers but every team will begin to take this seriously.
    Goodell says the right thing from his lawyers about protecting the shield. If he means it, he should act swiftly to send a message that the NFL does care about the dangers of brain injuries. This should be a big deal.

  12. Here’s a crazy idea. Why not have the ref and an NFL doctor throw a medical flag out in cases like this. Stops the play and forces the guy to be removed and evaluated IN the training room before he can resume if at all.

    I know refs are already flag happy, but if you’re gonna leave it up to the Teams to pull players, you’ll continue to see what SD did.

    Chargers should be fined and draft pick should be taken away

  13. It the league enabling the teams to do this.

    Minor monetary penalties are pointless. Teams will not play unless there is a serious downside. I would suggest suspending the player from playing for a couple games. He still gets paid, he gets time to heal, and the team loses his service. So, the team can either yank him when they know they should, or lose his services for possibly a longer period of time.

    If that doesnt do it, make the next infraction a month.

    The league doesnt have the balls to make it a draft pick forfeiture. I really cant think of other punishments without going into uncharted territory, because they wont a loss of post-season games, and they have never taken home field advantage away for a playoff game.

    So what are they left with? Well the team obviously keeps the player in for 1 of 2 reasons. They knew but needed him because the depth sucks or they didnt know, its the player keeping himself in, fooling the protocol. In either situation suspending seems to work.

  14. With the number of players getting concussed and still managing to stay in the game, I’m surprised none of them have been the “mic-ed up” player for the game. Surely those conversations could be helpful in determining whether it was team negligence, doctor malpractice, player deception or a conscious defiance of the rule by any of those mentioned .

  15. As a person that has provided medical coverage for professional football games in Canada, I would say that the critics may not fully understand all the variables in play & that the job looks easier on television. I think the NFL has actually done a pretty good job in recent years in addressing the concussion issue, & the results of those changes will be positive in years to come… 1 of the challenges in concussion diagnoses is that there is no magic test, & there never will be. Even an independent neurologist is doing the same things that a properly trained medical student could do. Sometimes the symptoms of a concussion become more evident with physical exertion, which may explain why some are diagnosed later in the game. & finally, the players, as evidenced by the comments by Jamaal Charles, need to take a little more accountability for their health as the effects of concussion can no longer be described as a secret that they are unaware of…

  16. The root of this whole problem can be resolved rather easily. The medical staffs work for the teams and serve at the leisure of the coaching staff and management. This is a clear and obvious conflict of interest. How can they do their jobs properly if they know that keeping a player out when the coach wants him in could cost them their jobs?

    Teams should contribute money to a pool to be used by the league to hire all medical personnel, who they would then assign randomly to the teams. The teams would have absolutely no authority to discipline or fire them, they would report only to the league. They would not wear team gear on the sidelines and they would not consult with the coaching staff when making decisions on players.

    I think this would go a long way towards making sure things like this don’t happen again.

  17. I didn’t remember seeing this during the game, so I thought it wasn’t a big deal. Then I found the video…this is crazy. Dude obviously was having severe concussion issues and definitely should have not been allowed to play. If you don’t think it’s a big deal, watch the video.

    And since when are sideline tests all that’s necessary? I thought they had to go into the tunnel now to get out of the lights and noise?

  18. Yea that doesn’t look good. I’d say there’s some holes in the medical evaluation procedure. I’m sure this kinda stuff happens every week, we just don’t always notice it. Everyone involved should be held accountable. At least a ref last week pulled flowers aside to be checked out. The players will not do it themselves. This comes down to the basic issue with the nfl and that’s winning and making money above all. That’s their motive behind every single thing they do which is fine, to an extent. Besides Peyton breaking records and the bengals selling that guy’s jersey for his daughter, the nfl has really put an ugly face on the game this season and it’s very distasteful

  19. Honestly it would take a death on the field for something like this to seriously change. Charger fan and I was disgusted that Ja was able to still play after looking like he died instantly… On the FIRST play of the game. It made Mike Tolberts Knockout in 07 look like child’s play.

  20. Very difficult situation. Football is a tough sport and its just not that easy to know when a player may have suffered a concussion especially during the heat of the game. There is so much going on.

  21. ***
    Teams should contribute money to a pool to be used by the league to hire all medical personnel, who they would then assign randomly to the teams.

    WHY? The NFL makes enough money. Let them pay for it. Heck you can even have fine money go towards that pool.

  22. Hate to do anything to slow the game down more, but there is no game without players.

    Here’s an idea building on realitypolice’s already very intelligent idea:

    Let teams keep their own medical staffs, but the NFL (or an independent contractor?) needs enough supervising Medical staff on game day – that can intervene, contact the refs and get a guy off the field.

    As with all things in a billion dollar industry, abuse of power, charges of favoritism, law suits and fan backlash would be sure to follow.

  23. demolition510 says:
    Oct 25, 2014 11:39 AM
    Teams should contribute money to a pool to be used by the league to hire all medical personnel, who they would then assign randomly to the teams.

    WHY? The NFL makes enough money. Let them pay for it. Heck you can even have fine money go towards that pool.

    Um….the teams are “the league”. Where do you suppose the profits “the league” makes go?

  24. This article presents it as if the team knew the whole time. It is very difficult to label someone as concussed when they don’t fall down and pass the tests on the sideline.

  25. ***

    Um….the teams are “the league”. Where do you suppose the profits “the league” makes

    You must not deal with budgets.

  26. I’m pretty sure the Chargers aren’t the only franchise with a history of letting guys continue to play. Is anyone in the NFL or NFLPA monitoring these things or are they just taking notes from media reports and social media?

    Have the players completely abdicated responsibility to whatever the sideline doctor says? or do they have a say in taking themselves out?

  27. Maybe I’m mistaken….but I thought there was supposed to be independent medical professionals evaluating these players…not the team. Why is this not the case?

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