Report: Julian Edelman checked for concussion in fourth quarter, cleared to play

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A published report Monday says an independent neurologist and Patriots medical personnel assessed wide receiver Julian Edelman for a concussion in Super Bowl XLIX and declared him fit to continue playing.

According to Howard Ulman of the Associated Press, Edelman went through concussion testing after taking a hit to the head from Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor on a pivotal 21-yard third-down catch in the fourth quarter.

Six plays later, the Patriots scored a touchdown, narrowing the Seahawks’ lead to 24-21. After that, Edelman was tested, per the AP. He received clearance, and he was back on the field as the Patriots put together the eventual game-winning drive — a drive ending with Edelman catching the go-ahead TD pass in New England’s 28-24 triumph.

Edelman led all receivers in catches (nine) and yards (109) in Super Bowl XLIX. One-third of his catches came after the collision with Chancellor.

45 responses to “Report: Julian Edelman checked for concussion in fourth quarter, cleared to play

  1. “I feel a great disturbance in the fans, as if millions of hater talking points suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something hilarious has happened.”

  2. I would of liked to see Edelman get the MVP award for the Super Bowl. That’s just my opinion, he has come on strong all season. Punt returns and when Gronk was doubled or triple teamed, Julian was clutch.

  3. This dude was clearly out of whack after that (illegal) hit and he should have been removed immediately. Since he played for the Patritos, the officials ignored the injury, violated concussion protocol and allowed him to continue. Cheating 101.

  4. The Pats won and there isn’t a single fishy thing to talk about.

    I can almost hear the media sobbing and weeping

  5. I’d like to know how he was checked for a concussion because I don’t recall him leaving the field until after that TD. Gutsy play by him but I thought the league was trying to stop players from continuing to play until they went through the while concussion protocol. He continued to look woozy after that hit and so I wonder why the NFL allowed that lapse in biggest game.

  6. Avril checked for concussion in the locker room, does not return.

    Edelmann checked for concussion on the side line, returns the next play?

    Interesting.

  7. The concussion check for Edelmann was easy and quick once they found out the reason he couldn’t get up was something wrong with his legs/hips. The dude needed help getting up most of the game and judging by how quickly his teammates were there to help him they knew it too.

  8. “Edelman led all receivers in catches (nine) and yards (109)…”

    Unless you count the 11 catches Vereen had.

    Sloppy reporting PFT.

  9. I’m sure Edelman has a massive headache this morning, but not from anything that happened on the field

  10. Edelman has a heart as big as a house, but at 5’10 200 I can’t imagine his NFL shelf life being more than about another year or two. It seems like he’s getting his bell rung pretty regularly, whether they hold him out because of it or not.

  11. We are still waiting for PFT post what Edelman said about Brady?

    Why are the derogatory opinions of people that have no knowledge of who Brady is as a man more newsworthy than Edelman’s high praise; the praise of a man that has known him for years and worked side by side with him?

  12. Remamber when Julian Edelman groped a woman in a Boston a few yeas ago? He’s going to Disney World!

  13. brooksyspecial says:
    Feb 2, 2015 2:38 PM
    But Wilson wasn’t checked when Clay Matthews went helmet to helmet on him in the NFCC. Guess it depends what position you play.
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    Or the team you play for. Face it. The media and the league are in love with the Golden Boy for some reason. They weren’t letting Tom get away without winning this one.

  14. Maybe he is so dumb they could not tell if he failed concussion test or not. Just a thought. LOL

  15. “Edelman led all receivers in catches (nine) and yards (109)…”

    Unless you count the 11 catches Vereen had.

    Sloppy reporting PFT.
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    Vereen is a RB, not a receiver. So the article is correct as written.

  16. Who checked him for a concussion? It was plain for all to see he had one after the illegal Chancellor hit. Edelman sure played tough, but how he passes the concussion test is beyond me. That just tells me the test is insufficient.

  17. “We are still waiting for PFT post what Edelman said about Brady?

    Why are the derogatory opinions of people that have no knowledge of who Brady is as a man more newsworthy than Edelman’s high praise; the praise of a man that has known him for years and worked side by side with him?

    you sure you want Edelman speaking for you? Remember when he groped a woman in a Boston bar? Not the best judge of character.

  18. Pretty clear that you’re trying to insinuate that the patriots did something fishy here ……. except for that little word “independent” in front of that word “neurologist”.

    If Edelman shouldn’t have been on that field, the NFL has – again – only themselves to blame.

  19. Never seen a guy get cleared during the time it took the Seahawks to go 3 and out. He never missed a play. That just doesn’t happen.

  20. He was obviously concussed and they obviously ignored protocol. Having said that, this is nowhere even near the realm of cheating because it happens ALL THE TIME. There is no controversy here, other than the fact that the league pretends to care about concussions when they really only care about protecting themselves from litigation. And they’re not even doing a good job of that, to be honest.

  21. So neither Edelman or the Seahawks D knew where he was when he was wide open in the endzone?

  22. What does jda stand form “just dropping accusations”? The charges against Edelman were dropped when it was found that the girl’s boyfriend put her up to making the charge. Just like the report that the Patriots had typed the Rams walk through at the Super Bowl. John Thomase, the Boston Globe reporter who wrote the column had to admit that he jumped the gun and went with the story before he had any concrete evidence. The newspaper was forced to print a retraction of the front page, but the damage was done.

    Edelman is one of the toughest players pound-for-pound in the NFL and probably has more character in one finger than you have in your entire body. But keep hating, if it makes you happy to do so under the guise of the anonymity of a responsible poster.

  23. you could tell his hip was huring him, and that is at least one reason why he had a hard time getting up.

  24. “Remamber when Julian Edelman groped a woman in a Boston a few yeas ago?!”

    What the claim that the video from the bar clearly showed never happened ?

    Keep lying and propagating lies about the Pats though, its the only thing people like you have left to hang your hats on.

  25. Edelman is one tough S.O.B. Also, really people are bringing up the groping incident even though the video evidence (cue spygate jokes here) showed he didn’t even do anything wrong? Besides sports aren’t exactly the best place to look for morality.

  26. It’s amazing how patriot haters have now become doctors. He wasn’t hit in the head by Chancellor. I wonder how many critical of the Patriot’s that posted comments responded to similar stories when other teams did this? Oh I forgot, you only believe the patriot’s bend the rules even when they don’t. Next you will be blaming them for pumping up the sound in Atlanta! Whinergate

  27. ‘The concussion check for Edelmann was easy and quick once they found out the reason he couldn’t get up was something wrong with his legs/hips.’

    He wobbled noticeably after the crushing head hit and they aren’t supposed to just take a players word for it anymore. They know they will lie to stay in the game and esp. a freaking Superbowl. He never left the field so there wasn’t a comprehensive test given.

  28. Oh, and to make clear, I really liked Edelman when the charges were first filed and was happy when they were dropped, assuming he was cleared of the crime. But, when I learned there was video out there, the curiosity got the best of me so I watched it. I was fully expecting to see nothing. I was wrong.

  29. He cleared concussion protocol and he also clearly pushed off on Tharold Simon on his TD catch. It was very obvious and the ref was in position to make the call … but he didn’t.

    I haven’t heard any of the talking heads mention that or the tackle/PI of Matthews that was also obvious. Revis had a hand full of jersey on the Baldwin TD catch and Bennett was tackled on the play before Brady’s 1st INT.

    Officials are not perfect, but should try.

  30. He cleared concussion protocol and he also clearly pushed off on Tharold Simon on his TD catch.
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    Yeah… And Simon had his hands in Edelman’s face mask – both times he ran that route.

    Do you really want laundry on every play?

  31. Geniusry says: Feb 2, 2015 2:54 PM

    brooksyspecial says:
    Feb 2, 2015 2:38 PM
    But Wilson wasn’t checked when Clay Matthews went helmet to helmet on him in the NFCC. Guess it depends what position you play.
    ——————————————–

    Or the team you play for. Face it. The media and the league are in love with the Golden Boy for some reason. They weren’t letting Tom get away without winning this one.
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    There it is! The classic “haters gotta hate” post. Face it, dude, you hate us ’cause you ain’t us.

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