Julian Edelman refuses to say if he was concussed in the Super Bowl

AP

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman took a hard helmet-to-helmet hit in the Super Bowl and appeared to be dazed after he got up, but he remained in the game rather than going to the sideline for a concussion evaluation. And Edelman still won’t say if he suffered a concussion on the play.

In an interview with the New York Times, Edelman was evasive on the topic, saying that the Patriots have a policy against discussing injuries and he will not violate that policy. Here’s the relevant portion of the interview:

Q. Do you think Kam Chancellor should have been penalized for the vicious hit on you during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl?

A. I don’t have an opinion on that. Kam Chancellor’s doing his job. Whether it was or wasn’t [a penalty], that’s for the refs to decide.

Q. Did you get a concussion on that play?

A. Due to our team policy, I can’t discuss that.

Q. You stumbled after that play, but you stayed in the game. Does that mean you were not injured?

A. Next question.

Q. Were you tested for a concussion?

A. I went through all the protocols.

But if Edelman went through all the protocols and was cleared to return, then why is he refusing to say so? Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t like players to talk about injuries because he doesn’t want the next team to gain an advantage from knowing about a player’s injury, but in this case there is no “next team” because the season is over, and if Edelman was cleared through the proper channels then there was no injury, either.

The fact that Edelman won’t talk suggests that there’s something to hide, which suggests that the NFL’s concussion protocols failed to properly protect Edelman in the Super Bowl.

171 responses to “Julian Edelman refuses to say if he was concussed in the Super Bowl

  1. Or….. It could just be he says nothing for the clear and reasonable answer he gave “we have a policy”

    Stopwith all this stuff man. We all know the concussion crap is just crap to protect the league from future law suits. even if players are gaming the system, who gives a damn. At this point its their own fault. Just let it go man.

  2. It’s the Super Bowl. You do what you have to do to play. I have no complaints about Edelman staying in the game even if he did have a concussion and I’m a Seahawk fan. He played tough.

  3. Big Ben, Russell Wilson, and Heath Miller all took vicious hits throughout the playoffs. None were unconscious for any amount of time.

    All three returned to the field with what seemed to be minor concussions.

    I think the only way the NFL takes players off the field in the playoffs is if you are unconscious laying on the ground for even a short amount of time

  4. I felt I witnessed a couple concussions in the playoffs that got swept under the rug. So it seems there is a double standard, when the games get really important, the concussions aren’t as important. Roger knows how to dig holes.

  5. Anyone watching could see that his bell was rung. Those saying otherwise, re-run the game tape and see for yourself.

  6. It was obvious in real time that he took a hard hit and stumbled. I am not sure why the people that are supposed to be watching didn’t catch it and at least check him. But, it isn’t the first thing the NFL missed.

  7. Dude wins the Super Bowl and then pulls a six at best on Tinder. He’s not fooling anyone. Concussed.

    Although it shows that on or off the field, Edelman can score sixes all day.

  8. The Patriots have a protocol to not discuss injuries/non-injuries. Edelman is just being consistent with protocol whether there is a next team or not. Nothing wrong with that. Move on to a real issue.

  9. If you watched the game, you know he was out for a few seconds, there is no way you could miss it. So why are these media peeps asking the dumbest Qs ever. My 10 year old would ask better Qs than these dunces.

  10. If a player doesn’t talk because it’s the team’s policy, it suggests that he has something to hide? So, when Marshawn doesn’t talk, he’s hiding something? That’s bs.
    Edelman went through the League’s protocol for concussion testing, and he was allowed to play. Stop making something out of nothing.

    NE won the SB; nothing is going to change that fact.

  11. Look at that kid! He even looks like a professional!

    Who cares about what happened in that game. Its in the past so stop with the headhunting…..

  12. Let’s get the facts straight. He did stumble when he got up because never regained balance and was never fully upright; that’s typical for a runner fighting for extra yards after initial contact, especially for a guy who is already fatigued. Whether he was stable after the play when Amendola was helping him get up is a legit question. There was a slight wobble.

    More importantly, can we please be more balanced here. Your angle here has an undertone that the Patriots evaded protocol. If you care about the bigger picture of concussions and safety, for every mention of a possible protocol violation, you should also point out that there was no penalty call and no fine. That is just as serious a question for the NFL. I’ve watched that play 20 times and launching, H-to-H, and defenseless receiver are all relevant.

  13. No wonder Marshawn Lynch behaves like he does to the press. Edelman at least did a few better than Beast Mode on these questions, and look where it got him.

  14. The guy wanted to stay in the game and did. It really begs the question of who’s responsible for getting him out of the game to be checked out ??

    If the NFL wants to do it right they need someone in the booth to specifically monitor play with a direct line to the HC saying they think the guy may be concussed and needs to be checked.

    It’s not easy to see sometimes unless you’re looking for it and sometimes it’s obvious but the player stays in.

    If the NFL can pay Goodell 35 mil a year they can afford to put a trained observer in the booth to get guys out of the game to be checked.

  15. The fact that Edleman did not comment means that he is doing what every player on the team is required to do, not comment to outsiders about injuries. This is well known by your organization and most fans of the NFL. You are just trying to stir up controversy over an issue after the fact of which you know nothing other than what was observed from afar. Pro Football Talk, your home for we hate the Patriots 24/7 365.

  16. The Pats have made it real clear to their players that they don’t talk about injuries. So, they don’t talk about it. The only ones who hate it are the sportswriters looking to make a story. But, post-bountygate, Belichick’s policy makes complete sense.

  17. He is coached well to avoid setting a precedent. If he simply stated there was no injury, then it might make it easier to figure out when other players are injured if they choose to be evasive when asked about injuries. All players who are not hurt could easily say so which would then suggest that those that don’t say so are in fact hurt. If everybody agrees to just say nothing, then that will make it harder to figure out when somebody is actually injured.

    They don’t want the media or other teams to have clues to make educated guesses so as to keep the health information private between the players and their health service professionals.

  18. “The fact that Edelman won’t talk suggests that there’s something to hide, which suggests that the NFL’s concussion protocols failed to properly protect Edelman in the Super Bowl.”

    ****************

    So sad and pathetic. Who is this Michael David Smith guy, and why won’t someone teach him how to use the internet?

    Edelman passed concussion tests on the sideline during the game after the hit by both team medical staff and an independent neurologist.

    Look it up, Genius. This is a non-story.

    If you want a story on that particular play perhaps you should ask why no flag was thrown on what was clearly a helmet to helmet hit.

  19. He’s not the only one. Difference is between a major concussion and a light one. He can talk his way thru protocol, so let him play

  20. cmenyse says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:38 PM
    I love all the focus is on whether Edelmen is concussed, not why the helmet-to-helmet catch didn’t get called with a 15yard penalty.
    ============================

    Because Chancellor didn’t lead with the helmet. He hit him with his right shoulder.

  21. “…The fact that Edelman won’t talk suggests that there’s something to hide, which suggests that the NFL’s concussion protocols failed to properly protect Edelman in the Super Bowl….”

    The only thing that Edelman’s response “suggests” is that pathetic media will twist ANYTHING to try to make a story.

    Strongly “suggest” you acquaint yourself with the Patriots policy that Edelman mentioned.
    And while your at it, Probably should ask why Chancellor didn’t get hit with a penalty and a fine…

    After that, perhaps you can get a job at TMZ Sports….

  22. I have a hard time believing he wasn’t concussed, but it’s the last game of the season and nobody’s coming out unless they can’t get physically off the field. Non-issue.

  23. Anyone got a count of how many players passed the concussion protocol and then held themselves out of any game, never mind the Super Bowl.

    I know of none.

  24. Edelman apparently did not provide the answer that the reporter needed in order to twist his communication into something bigger and more scandalous. The journalism standards of today’s sporting world continues to erode into one of those alien/hollywood rags at the grocery store. Maybe someday their editors will hold them responsible for such reporting. Smith should get the boot along with all the rest of the irresponsible gossipers. Bring back writers who know how to write compelling and factual stories.

    The Pat’s won fair and square.

  25. Edelman may be my favorite player. He can’t be bullied on or off the field.

    Why don’t we ask Jim Irsay if he spoke to Bob Kravits and Kravitz if he spoke to Irsay about the game balls on the day of the AFC Championship? Seems like a more relevant question than the badgering Edelman keeps taking from the media about concussion protocols.

  26. Edelman was wobbling after that huge hit and then a few plays later he caught a pass and was stumbling all over the place after he got up clear as day he was messed up …kid is a tough as the come a true football player unfortunately I think he will pay for all those shots as he gets older

  27. Looked it, but if he passed an exam administered by the concussion shy NFL doc, I’ll vote not concussed. Did anyone ask him how he managed to get away with blatant siff arm PI on the winning TD though?

  28. There are reports from viable sources that the protocol was followed and he was cleared.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along.

  29. No talk about Bennett going helmet to helmet on Brady on the first quarter pick (that is a penalty everytime in the reg season). No mention of the refs blowing the roughing the kicker call on the first drive. And no mention of helmet to helmet/defenseless receiver on the Edelman play. None of that needs to be discussed because all of those calls favored the Seahawks. But Edelman might have gotten his bell rung, so we need to start a congressional inquiry…

  30. Russell Wilson got absolutely crushed on a blind side hit by Clay Matthews in the NFC championship game. His knees buckled and his head turned 90 degrees and he had trouble getting up. He never went through the concussion protocol.

    I dont consider talking to the trainers for “2 seconds” going through the protocol lol

    If he was checked its likely he wouldnt be back in the game and likely the Seahawks never make it to the SB

  31. Of course he won’t bus toss his employer, and it’s not like Edelman ever considered coming out of the game. He’s just fine. Leave it alone and let’s all move onto the draft. I’m tired of slinging I’m I

  32. He doesn’t want to throw his team under the bus. He also wants to be a part of future concussion lawsuits

  33. or Edelman is smart enough to know the reporter wants him to say he was concussed, so it can be a big deal….so rather than saying “no” it’s his way of saying FU to the media.

  34. Yes he was concussed. No he wasn’t pulled from the game because he’s a Patriot and the NFL does everything in its power to protect them. If it were any other team, the player would have been pulled from the field and not allowed to return.

  35. cmenyse says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:44 PM
    I love all the focus is on whether Edelmen is concussed, not why the helmet-to-helmet hit didn’t get called with a 15yard penalty.

    _____________________________________________

    If the ref did call that penalty … Edelmen would have been out of the game … that’s why it was not called.
    Yet they gave Thomas a 15 yard penalty for an chessy call on Vereen which instead of punting the ball at midfield the Pats got it at the Seahawks 35 and went in to score.

  36. wizardofgronk says:
    Feb 14, 2015 3:57 PM
    No talk about Bennett going helmet to helmet on Brady on the first quarter pick (that is a penalty everytime in the reg season). No mention of the refs blowing the roughing the kicker call on the first drive. And no mention of helmet to helmet/defenseless receiver on the Edelman play. None of that needs to be discussed because all of those calls favored the Seahawks. But Edelman might have gotten his bell rung, so we need to start a congressional inquiry…

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    PREACH!!!!!

  37. So what PFT is saying is that the Seahawks caught a break and avoided a 15 yard penalty, and then a 5 foot 9 former QB turned WR with a concussion is STILL good enough to beat the so-called Legion of Boom?

    Man – how humiliating for Seattle!

  38. seabrawk12 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:32 PM
    Can’t imagine what would’ve happened to Edleman had Kam been 100%. Tweety bird city.
    —————————————————–
    kiss the rings, baby. This one and next year’s as the Patriots do what the Seahawks could not do – win back to back superbowls.

    Again. Hahahahahaha

  39. There you go that’s it !!!! Now everyone knows why the PATRIOTS win all the time . You Have us now

  40. Dear NFL Fan,

    Hi, I am Commissioner Goodell and “I am focused on the integrity of the game and “protecting the Shield” from any impropriety …”

    Hey Commish – The Colts had the ONLY football that was under 2PSI in their possession for at least 20 MINUTES – what the hell you call that???

    Goodell: “We are unto Concussion Protocol and I have now instructed the Wells Team to redirect 100% of their effort in the direction of this most recent suspicion of the NE PATRIOTS.”

  41. BECUASE IT MATTERS ABOUT … .00001%

    GUY WENT INTO THE GAME AND CAUGHT A TD FOR THE SUPERBOWL GO-AHEAD SCORE.

    HAD A GREAT WEEK AFTER THAT ON TALKSHOWS, INTERVIEWS, ETC. EVEN MET A MATCH ON TINDER.
    LIFTED HIS TEAM AND HIS CITY TO A SUPERBOWL.

    If we went by PFT and the media/Florio rules.
    The Patriots should have stopped all practices and participation in Super Bowl until deflate gate was cleared. Forfeited the win against Baltimore for the ineligible man. Belichick should have stepped down as a head coach for the Patriots indefinitely after deflategate.
    The Patriots should have asked the Seahawks if they were ‘sure’ about the last play call on 2nd and Goal.
    And Julian Edleman should have notified all officials and NFL doctors/regulators on the sidelines that given a full-scope test, he would not have passed and needed to be taken out of the Superbowl immediately.

  42. Real simple teams that play by the rules ( Bengals AJ Green can’t play in the playoff game because they follow concussion procedures set down by Goddell and his team), get taken advantage of and lose.
    Teams that cheat regularly and get a pass because of the power of Bob Kraft and his relationship ( cut to picture of money changing hands) with Goddell end up winning .
    Moral of the story? The NFL is corrupt and if u don’t cheat u don’t win. Edelman should have came out of the game. I believe the Seahawks D changed when Irvin came out, but yeah as long as long as one team follows the rules it’s OK.

  43. Q. Were you tested for a concussion?

    A. I went through all the protocols.

    But if Edelman went through all the protocols and was cleared to return, then why is he refusing to say so.

    Does anyone read his drivel? Seriously? Didn’t he just say he went through the protocols? Refusing to say what? I think the author needs to go thru the protocol. May be some hater damage going on.

  44. tralfaz1127 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 6:26 PM
    Edelman should have came out of the game. I believe the Seahawks D changed when Irvin came out, but yeah as long as long as one team follows the rules it’s OK.

    —————
    Edelman got up and ran another 15 yards.

    Irvin crumpled, did not get up, and needed attention.

    Later Edelman caught another ball and struggled to get up but that was a separate HIP injury – check the tape folks

  45. If he was concussed..then so was Kam Chancellor…Kam looked worse than him on the play. Therefore both should have been taken out if that’s the case.

  46. jonscot1 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:37 PM
    Every one on that team is a cheater…. of course he had a concussion and he should have been pulled from the game. Freaking cheaters

    26 214

    Seek counseling

  47. Yet another attempt by the media to crate a controversy with the Patriots. As a Patriot fan for decades, I KNOW that it is team policy to players NOT to discuss injuries. The media knows that too but they seem to want to become the story- AGAIN!

  48. mrwalterisgod says:
    Feb 14, 2015 3:02 PM
    cmenyse says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:38 PM
    I love all the focus is on whether Edelmen is concussed, not why the helmet-to-helmet catch didn’t get called with a 15yard penalty.
    ============================

    Because Chancellor didn’t lead with the helmet. He hit him with his right shoulder.

    Looked to me every time I watched it that he launched straight for the head. Definite ill intention, dirty!!!

  49. matiberio says:
    Feb 14, 2015 3:46 PM
    I have watched the game and play over 6 times, and it looks to me like JE had a hip injury.

    Absolutely.

  50. The fix was in the nfl is looking more & more like the wwe with its predetermined outcomes, how else do you explain Seattle throwing with 20 seconds left when they were running very well in the game.

  51. After reading some of the comments on this thread, I am seriously concerned about some of the commenters (Patriot Haters). I sure hope they never get loose in public. Very scarey.

  52. jchipwood says:

    Feb 14, 2015 6:44 PM

    Patriots fans are more stupid than those who believe the world is coming to an end every year.

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    Because we have to read crap like this all the time. I actually am more stupid than before I read your comment.

  53. You are right – The Fix was in!

    Belichick instructed Butler how to FIX his mistake in practice of this very same play.

    Butler made the FIX and – END of STORY!

  54. matiberio says:
    Feb 14, 2015 3:46 PM
    I have watched the game and play over 6 times, and it looks to me like JE had a hip injury.

    mrp363839 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 4:59 PM
    No New York media will get anything out of a Pats player which is the way it should be..

    BOTH COMMENTS ACCURATE: Edelman was hurting for long while w/a hip injury.

    Not to mention…no one in NE will give anything to NY media…parasites like the jets and their fans.

    God PFT 1st deflategate, now concussiongate….you guys are getting lower in class…fast. Oh I get it…anything for those clicks on here…and no team draws interest like NE.

    LOL, try putting this garbage in front of Rodney Harrison, and see what he does to you.

  55. Did you see the move he put on Simon in the end zone? With a concussion? Please.. It wasn’t helmet to helmet either…look again.. His hip was messed up from the Indy game..

  56. For all the haters out there:

    How about justice served on jealous Kurt warner when he marched down the isle to hand the Lombardi Trophy to Brady & the Patriots.
    PRICELESS!

    Kraft threw it in Warner’s face saying “SB XLIX was reminiscent of the victory over the RAMS in SB XXXVI.

    KRAFT to the NFL – Keep calling us cheaters and we’ll keep on collecting these Lombardis .

  57. Illegally filming practices, turning in false injury reports every week, hiding concussions, tampering with players still playing for other clubs, messing with the equipment to gain an advantage, pushing the rules and running illegal plays to the point where you even take the refs out of the game.
    Everyone else outside of Boston can see the clear pattern here.

    where there’s that much smoke, you can be sure there’s a big fire…

  58. Edelman should of said:

    “WE won the Super Bowl? – Nobody told me!”

    and then followed up with: “Where am I?”

    and “Who the hell was that girl in my bed?”

  59. Anyone calling Edelman and the Patriots cheaters because the NFL MAY have failed to follow protocol has an axe to grind, a strange obsession with the Patriots and needs to get a life.

  60. Funny how brutal Rugby is and the majority of them don’t wear helmets and they concussions aren’t an issue. I have a few authentic NFL helmets. They are heavy. Work on more lightweight helmets and it would have to help.

  61. Warner and Marshall Faulk = SPINELESS FRAUDS!! Neither of those cowards were man enough to call Kraft or the Patriots “cheaters” to their faces during the post game.

  62. I have watched every game that Edelman has played for the Patriots. He is one tough guy. Taken a lot of hits and keeps on ticking.

  63. jchipwood says:

    Feb 14, 2015 6:44 PM

    “Patriots fans are more stupid than those who believe the world is coming to an end every year.”

    So, What you are telling us is that ‘You believe the world should of ended last year and you are a Patriots fan.’

    OR

    You have not left your bedroom since the PATRIOTS won Super Bowl XLIX which was twelve days ago.

  64. 28-24

    #NFLsgreatestDynasty
    #greatestQBofalltime
    #greatestCoachofalltime
    #greatestOrganizationofalltime
    #KingsoftheNFL
    #youknowit
    #kisstheringfools

  65. raideralex99 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 4:56 PM
    cmenyse says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:44 PM
    I love all the focus is on whether Edelmen is concussed, not why the helmet-to-helmet hit didn’t get called with a 15yard penalty.

    _____________________________________________

    If the ref did call that penalty … Edelmen would have been out of the game … that’s why it was not called.
    Yet they gave Thomas a 15 yard penalty for an chessy call on Vereen which instead of punting the ball at midfield the Pats got it at the Seahawks 35 and went in to score.
    ========================

    What are you talking about???? Vereen earned a first down on the catch. The penalty was just an additional 15 yards. It didn’t save the pats from having to punt. Unless they were planning a first down punt from mid field… But since you are a raiders fan I understand the confusion. You aren’t used to seeing good football and you don’t understand

  66. Totally serious question for Patriot haters.

    The trophy case with 4 Lombardi’s is getting kind of full. Should the Patriots build a new trophy case for each trophy, or should they leave it and just build a new one for all the new Lombardi’s they’ll be winning in the next few years?

    I say they should build one new one for all the new trophies they’ll be winning in the next few years. There will be so many of them it will be hard to build a new case for each trophy.

    Discuss.

  67. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SUN RISING IN THE MORNING ISN’T REALLY THE SUN AT ALL?

    IT’S JUST THE RADIANT GLOW FROM THOSE 4 SHINY LOMBARDI TROPHIES ALL THE WAY IN FOXBORO MASSACHUSETTS.

  68. Breaking News: The New England Patriots won The Super Bowl. Those who continue to whine about this need to get a life. Jealousy is not an appealing trait.

  69. Do you think 4 time Super Bowl Champion head coach and greatest coach of all time Bill Belichick reads this board and laughs at the inane comments from Patriot haters?

    I think he does. Discuss.

  70. ONE FOR THE THUMB IN 2015…..

    #inevitable
    #fate
    #acceptitnow
    #yourteamhasnochance
    #dealwithit
    #truth

  71. Here’s the bottom line on the Super Bowl: Contrary to popular opinion, the Seahawks didn’t blow the game in the final minute. They lost to a better disciplined team THROUGHOUT the 4th quarter. How did this happen? The Patriots erased a 10-point 4th quarter deficit against the best defense in the NFL (the largest 4th quarter lead overcome in SB history) AND forced a turnover in the waning moments to seal the victory. Even with two more attempts, there was NO guarantee that the ‘Hawks would cross the goal line. The real story is that the vaunted ‘Hawks defense, IN FACT, failed to perform in the 4th quarter.

  72. I don’t blame patriots fans for not understanding cheating. Boston college did it, red sox pitchers continue to do it, pats have been caught before cheating. So obviously cheating is the way in Boston so not knowing better in this case is ok I guess.

  73. jchiowood, this is the first time I have seen you on a Patriots thread since the Super Bowl. We understand; the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can really hit guys hard. Your team just hasn’t won since before Dan Marino but their time will come after Belichick and Brady and Garrapalo retire. As for equating Boston with cheating I would remind you that Miami is known for two television shows, one about vice and the other about crime scene investigations.

  74. Coach Belichick likes Edelman’s manner of handling questions. Edelman raised the price of his own stock by shutting down the media like he did. What is so hard to get about that?

  75. Greatest Patriots:
    1. Malcolm Butler (won the last super bowl and was robbed of MVP after Brady threw two picks)
    2. Ty Law
    3. Richard Seymour
    4. Corey Dillon
    5. Ted Bruschi

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    COOL STORY BRO

  76. The NFL has a protocol to examine any questionable injury…Edleman is examined and passes…What’s the problem here?

    I’m finally starting to realize why the Patriots are America’s most hated team…Like the Steelers, 49er’s, and the Cowboys…When your consistently good you’re going to be hated…That’s it. Other fans teams can’t do or duplicate what you do so they will cry foul everytime!

    And for what NE has done over the past 15 years is incredible when you consider free agency, the salary cap, AND because they always finish in the top 5, they don’t get the luxury of that “BIG PICK”!

    That’s all I’ve got…Enjoy your day mates.

    Surfin’ the World

  77. When I saw the title of the story, I didn’t read it or the comments. I can safely assume that most of the comments come from self righteous fans that think the only team in the NFL that “cheats” is the Patriot’s. I still can’t figure out how they are labeled that because they were caught in the first quarter of the first game of the year in 2007 when taping from the field was illegal at the start of the 2007 season. That’s right, everybody hates number 1! It’s why the rest of the world hates the USA! Think about it haters…

  78. OTHER TEAMS NEED TO GET IN LINE AND COME TO FOXBORO FOR THEIR WELL DESERVED BEATING BY THE CHAMPS.

    WHEN THEY GET THEIR BEATING BY THE WORLD CHAMPION PATRIOTS THEY SHOULDN’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT. IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO GET WHOOPED BY THE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND NFL’S GREATEST DYNASTY…

  79. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:32 PM
    Greatest Patriots:
    1. Malcolm Butler (won the last super bowl and was robbed of MVP after Brady threw two picks)
    2. Ty Law
    3. Richard Seymour
    4. Corey Dillon
    5. Ted Bruschi
    ==================================

    Nice list. But not to be over looked….
    Mike Haynes
    Andre Tippett
    John Hannah

  80. So he was able to get up and run after a concussion, then catch other passes, take hits and score with a concussion???? What would the score have been if he was healthy????

  81. I thought for sure he was out for the game. And that was before he got up and ran some more then stumbled to his feet.

    My opinion is that he most definitely was concussed. But this is the Super Bowl. The ultimate prize….What you worked all your life for. If you can function you owe it to yourself to go out there. No regrets. If you become a liability because of it by all means get out of there. But JE inspired that team and maybe the Pats don’t win if not for his effort.

  82. I thought he was concussed when that happened, but thought it was smart of him to get up quickly (and the pats ran their uptempo offense before officials could figure it out). I thought it sucked for the Seahawks player earlier in the game that got a concussion and couldn’t reenter the game. It’s the biggest game of their careers. It makes perfect sense that players try to avoid having to do the test and risk being banned from the game. I understand that the nfl could take issue with this practice though (due to lawsuits, not player safety).

  83. One thing we know about Belichick is he is consistent, regardless of the situation, although I do think Kraft MADE him go on Letterman….lolz. While there is no next game, there is something to be gleaned from opening up on the subject, and Edelman knows better. There is next season to think about.

    Strange how you would choose to ignore the inappropriate behavior on the field by Kam Chancellor and the lack of a penalty call or a fine. My guess is you don’t highlight that because it does not involve the Patriots. If it involves the Patriots, you can drop the innuendo of doing something underhanded that nobody knows about yet…you just know its out there….that you can use for trolling clicks and eyeballs, which you can then sell for advertising dollars. This is why the Patriots success is so much different that that of Dallas, San Fran, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, or Cleveland back in the day. No Internet. No instant/social media. It’s a different world, and it is more easily perverted in order to make money than ever before.

    Still, the Patriots march on….with organizational nerves of steel and a laser-like focus. Their success is admirable.

  84. Conference Championships

    New England – 8 (11 Appearances)
    Miami – 5 (7 Appearances)

    Super Bowls

    New England 4 (out of 8)
    Miami 2 (out of 5)

    On top of all their early success in the 70’s, Miami and Shula still had Marino for another generation, and yet for all of their success, they are still dwarfed by New England. That’s simply amazing.

    New England doesn’t have the most Championships (yet), but their turnaround in the free agency/salary cap era is wicked cool, eh Chippy? Lolzzz.

  85. Leave it alone, Michael David Smith. Edelman is fine, and he doesn’t need to tell you anything. As for all you haters out there, THE PATRIOTS DON’T CHEAT. YOU HATE US ‘CAUSE YOU AIN’T US.

  86. jchipwood says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:16 PM
    I don’t blame patriots fans for not understanding cheating. Boston college did it, red sox pitchers continue to do it, pats have been caught before cheating. So obviously cheating is the way in Boston so not knowing better in this case is ok I guess.

    ——

    I don’t blame you for whining. Your team’s fans do it, your team probably did it, 31 teams and their fans have been caught whining before. So obviously whining is the way with all of you so this is just apparently the norm, which is ok I guess, if that’s what you want to be.

  87. Losers can and will blame anything at all, including speculation on what the parking attendants might have been doing to “help” the Patriots beat yet another team. Please…

    Winning franchises (like the Patriots) can lose from time to time. The reason they’re winners is that they don’t blame anyone for it, or call out coaches or teammates to start cancerous infighting (see: Seahawks).

    They go back to the classroom and the practice field, fix things quietly, come back with improved execution, and beat you…then they shake your hand and smile.

    If you’re paying attention, it’s a great lesson in how to ingrain success over time.

  88. There’s whiners and winners – you guys each know who you are

    (“Wah! Julian Edelman had an unfair competitive advantage because he had a concussion!!!”)

    Seriously sometimes I wonder if these fans jealous of the Patriots may also have some sort of brain injury!

  89. Why isn’t anyone concerned about Kam Chancelor? He was on the other end of that vicious hit, and unlike Edelman who got up and kept running, Chancelor stayed down.

  90. (“Wah! Julian Edelman had an unfair competitive advantage because he had a concussion!!!”)
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    my first thought exactly. dude is a stud for getting up and not losing focus, leaving kram chancellor behind. unlike kevin pollard’s hit on ridley two years ago, the tactic of the vicious hit didn’t work this time. he was clearly trying to take him out of the game ‘cuz they had no other answer for him–some would say that’s unsportsman-like conduct, or even ‘cheating’.

    …and what’s wrong with the name ‘julian’? named after one of my favorite roman emperors, ‘julian the apostate’, no doubt. wow. that guy has some serious football in him. concussed or not, his first thought was keep on moving forward. should have been MVP.

  91. He is not telling the truth. If they followed the official protocol, he would have been taken to the locker room. He was not and stayed in the game and the sidelines for the remainder of the game. Broadcasters were tweeting during the game that “NFL medical staff has radioed down to the Pats sideline to have Edelman looked at for possible concussion.” In true Pars style they ignored the callas, kept him in the game. They actually risked a players health to insure they would win the game. Seahawks have the game away. Brady was pooping his pants with 2:00 minutes left. Even he knew it was slipping away….until Carroll and staff made the ridiculous pass play call. Kudos to the Pats. They won! Just not fair & square.

  92. Q. Were you tested for a concussion?

    A. I went through all the protocols.
    _____________________________________

    You do realize that the protocol includes testing from an outside, non-Patriots, doctor, right?

    So you are suggesting league collusion on evading concussion protocols? Since that is clearly what you are inferring, you should get off your Pats hate wagon, and point your finger at the NFL league office.

  93. coloradical420 says:
    Feb 15, 2015 11:03 AM
    Recording practices
    Deflating balls
    Bypassing mandatory safety protocols.

    This team is so legit! *Champions

    Another sore loser.

  94. coloradical420 says:

    Recording practices
    Deflating balls
    Bypassing mandatory safety protocols.

    This team is so legit! *Champions
    —————————————

    Someone is smoking too much

    Recording practices? (Never happened – or are you trying to tell us you actually don’t know what it means when a newspaper retracts a story?)

    Deflating balls? (Ian Rappaport – who works for the NFL – has clarified there was only ONE ball anything more than a slight “tick under” the minimum. And that was the one in the Colts possession. Read up)

    Bypassing mandatory safety protocols? (If you even bothered to read this article you know that ALL safety protocols were followed and Edelman passed.)

    Whiner Epic Fail

  95. My favorite story that hasn’t gotten much press. I read that Bob Kravitz wasn’t even at the AFC Championship game and whoever leaked him the story had to either call or text him. I don’t know if it is true but if it is:

    1. He’s the most gullible reporter they could find

    2. There is a record of the contact (phone or text) and the NFL should be able to get that from the Colts if not Kravitz

    3. This was leaked with malice and forethought to damage the Patriots and the NFL should come down hard on the Colts for intentional harming another NFL franchise

  96. jchipwood says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:16 PM
    I don’t blame patriots fans for not understanding cheating. Boston college did it, red sox pitchers continue to do it, pats have been caught before cheating. So obviously cheating is the way in Boston so not knowing better in this case is ok I guess.

    Don’t they teach geography in Miami? Boston is IN New England. So are you trying to say all of New England are cheaters or is it confined to Boston? And by the way Boston College isn’t in Boston, it’s in Newton.
    Meanwhile you clowns in Miami can’t even fill your own stadium. If it weren’t for the visiting team fans that place would be half empty for Dolphin games as it is continuously for Miami Hurricane games.
    The New England fan base fills Gillette for every game and there is a waiting list of 55,000 for season tickets.

  97. hey lunar, I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1985, far from a hater. And it’s I imply, you infer. My point was, the question was asked and answered. Then they write an arrticle saying Edelman didn’t answer the question. I just didn’t understand the point of the entire article. You don’t seem to understand much of anything.

  98. Fans are more interested in seeing a great game than adhering to a concussion protocol in the playoffs.

    Every one knows that real concussion protocol’s are conducted in the locker room, and take 15 minutes or more. Everyone has seen players walking to the locker room being tested.

    But NE has a new testing procedure that is conducted on the sideline and only takes 30 seconds. Very interesting….everyone knows what happened….they have eyes!

  99. Confirmed from Kravitz’s tweets that he broke the story at 12:55 in the morning the night of the game.

    Instead of saying the NFL was looking at the PSI of balls he said they were investigating the Patriots.

    He said the NFL weighed balls, not that they checked the pressure.

    He immediately stated that he was told if the league found balls deflated it would result in loss of draft picks.

    Virtually everything in Kravitz’s tweets (all reported on Twitter with in 6 minutes) is wrong on its face. It has the intent of pointing a finger at the Patriots. It tries to give bogus facts and conclusions weight by stating or implying they came from his sources in the NFL. He not only protects his source within the Colts organization he doesn’t even mention they were the ones that fed him the story.

    In the following days Kravitz throws gas on the fire (pointing to individuals in the Patriots organization) and never posts any exculpatory (as to the Patriots) facts or reports before posting a non-apology apology that includes the name of Aaron Hernandez to further smear the Patriots.

    This guy should have been fired or placed on leave immediately by the Indy Star. If I was Kraft I would sue the NFL, Kravitz, and the Indy Star for libel and slander in Massachusetts state court if they don’t print a front page retraction and an apology.

  100. For all the misinformed:

    To assist the medical teams on game day, there is now an “eye in the sky” – a certified athletic trainer sitting in a stadium box who watches the game and television replays to scan the field and look for players with a potential head injury who may require assessment by the medical staff.

    Players who are suspected of suffering a concussion are assessed by their team’s medical staff. The team physician first reviews a six-item checklist outlining findings that necessitate a player’s immediate removal from the game. This checklist includes the more obvious symptoms of concussion: loss of consciousness, unresponsiveness, confusion, amnesia and other concerning symptoms. The team doctor then administers the rest of the sideline concussion assessment tool in order to further assess for concussion. This sideline test includes the same tests performed as part of the pre-season baseline concussion assessment, as well as some additional questions. Like the preseason evaluation, the test measures, memory, concentration and balance. as well as measuring how quickly and thoroughly the player recalls words given to them at least five minutes earlier. As in the preseason examination, the team doctor asks players to name the month, date, day of week, year and time. The additional questions include specific sideline orientation questions that ask players to identify the venue, quarter of game, who scored most recently, the team’s previous opponent and whether the team won or lost its most recent game. This process takes about 8-12 minutes.

    Beginning this year, a neuro-trauma expert physician unaffiliated with an NFL team will be available on the sideline as an extra set of eyes. He can be consulted by the NFL medical team or NFL player.

    NFL regulations require a player diagnosed with a possible concussion to leave the field for the locker room.

  101. “Here’s the bottom line on the Super Bowl: Contrary to popular opinion, the Seahawks didn’t blow the game in the final minute. They lost to a better disciplined team THROUGHOUT the 4th quarter. How did this happen? The Patriots erased a 10-point 4th quarter deficit against the best defense in the NFL (the largest 4th quarter lead overcome in SB history) AND forced a turnover in the waning moments to seal the victory. Even with two more attempts, there was NO guarantee that the ‘Hawks would cross the goal line. The real story is that the vaunted ‘Hawks defense, IN FACT, failed to perform in the 4th quarter.”
    ——-

    The real “facts” are Seattle’s entire backfield was beset with injuries. Stop your bragging as if you beat them at their best. And even still with your 4th quarter comeback over an injury riddled defense, of which 2 of its starters were removed from the game, NE had lost the game, Brady’s face on the sideline had told that story with less than 30 seconds left.

    Then Carroll and company called a stupid play, rather than run a roll out run pass option or run the ball up the gut.

    Enough with the revisionist history already. Pat’s have won 4 SB’s by a matter of 13 points over 4 games. If your teams are so elite as their fan base thinks they are, why not one blow out in 4 SB wins? This, in spite of having the least competitive division annually giving NE a yearly free playoff pass. Those are all “facts” too.

  102. Patriots were the better team on the field on Feb 1. Period. Would have been a crime if the Pats lost another SBowl on a 33 yrd DTyree type circus catch. Nice list of excuses, though. Too bad they mean nothing.

    SBowl wins only matter when they’re blowouts? Now you’re really reaching. Thanks for the belly laugh. Most Sbowls are close in the cap era, due to more parity. It’s not the 80’s anymore.

  103. always laugh when some sore-loser whiner makes the excuse that the ‘referees gave it to them’ with a few penalties. seems to me if you’re going to state that, you have to analyze every penalty in the game, its context in the progression of the game, and whether there was a valid case for each penalty…i don’t think it’s worth the effort myself.

    as to the interception at the end, the seahogs giving the game away, etc., well, that fluke catch after a great defensive play by butler seems much more unlikely than that well-timed interception at the end.

  104. “He immediately stated that he was told if the league found balls deflated it would result in loss of draft picks.”

    The statements by Kravitz, that appear to be fed to him by Indy, and what we have learned since then (not much hard evidence but Rappaport’s comments have weight given he works for the NFL) indicate that this was not about the game but rather an attempt to smear the Patriots publicly, damage their brand, take away their high draft picks, and possibly enact revenge for two organizations (the Colts and Ravens ) who were disciplined very publicly by Goodell in 2014 (likely blessed by “co-commissioner” Kraft). Irsay, if you recall, was suspended for six games and the Ray Rice matter was story #1 in the NFL. I expect Boomer is right on but that the plot reached the highest levels of those organizations, their ownership.

  105. Do you really think that Grigson, who loss to the Patriots with the Rams, Eagles and Colts, a guy under pressure for more bad trades and signing than Carter has pills, and who has been placed at the center of Deflategate by the NFL’s Troy Vincent, was beyond tampering with the (or creating) evidence?

    The Colts did not bring the ball to the game referee, they went to the NFL suits. If we are playing poker, that’s a tell. It wasn’t about the game, it was (poorly) planned in advance and that’s why it fell apart so quickly with real due diligence.

  106. The real “facts” are Seattle’s entire backfield was beset with injuries. Stop your bragging as if you beat them at their best.


    No the real fact is called scoreboard. 28-24.

    Trophies are for champions.

    Excuses are for losers.

  107. 28-24

    #kingsoftheNFL
    #haterswillbowtotheirmaster
    #kisstheringfools
    #weownu
    #wealwayswill
    #bowtous
    #wearesuperior

  108. If it was only Seattle guys that played injured why are so many Patriots guys in the hospital having surgery?

  109. being a fan of the best team in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers, I can admit that Big Ben definitely was concussed against Baltimore in the playoff game, and that the Steelers ignored protocol and put him back out there.

    Big Ben then promptly threw a interception to end any chance of a comeback. It was obvious that he was concussed and it was obvious Edelman was concussed.

    Moral is that come playoff time the concussion protocol will never be enforced by teams

  110. lolatpatshaters says:
    Feb 15, 2015 2:35 PM
    28-24

    *kingsoftheNFL
    *haterswillbowtotheirmaster
    *kisstheringfools
    *weownu
    *wealwayswill
    *bowtous
    *wearesuperior
    ==========================
    I fixed them for you…again.

  111. I WONDER WHAT ALL THOSE STORES IN SEATTLE ARE GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT RETURNED YEAR-OLD SEAHAWKS MERCHANDISE?

    DISCUSS.

  112. The Ravens and Ryan Grigson had complained to Goodell BEFORE the AFC champ game and the fix was already in play.

    It was no secret that Brady likes the footballs at 12.5 PSI. Since this was at the very edge of Rule 17 the Ravens & Colts had a Eureka Moment of how to frame the PATRIOTS.

    Someone on the Colts let additional air out of the intercepted football. There is no denying that.

    Now the NFL is in serious trouble because rather then have an impartial investigation focusing on the Colts and who handled that particular football ( Colts had the ball for at least 20 MINUTES ) they automatically placed guilt on the Belichick, Brady & the Patriots.

    The only way to correct is, is for Kraft to slap the NFL with a Slander/Defamation law suit and be rewarded with 1st Round draft pick from the Colts.

  113. New England will not win a Super Bowl for the next 50 years, book it. After next year Brady and Belicheat will both be gone and New England will occupy the AFC East cellar for the foreseeable future

  114. Edelman is a grown man paid big money. He is well informed about concussion risks. I don’t care what he does, and I don’t see why anyone else should.

  115. New England will not win a Super Bowl for the next 50 years, book it. After next year Brady and Belicheat will both be gone and New England will occupy the AFC East cellar for the foreseeable future
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    that may be so. that may come to pass. however, there can be only one time, the time that we refer to as ‘now’…

    …see?…it’s still ‘now’…and for the foreseeble future, the MIGHTY PATS are still NFL champions.

  116. can admit that Big Ben definitely was concussed against Baltimore in the playoff game, and that the Steelers ignored protocol and put him back out there.


    It was probably a tiny scratch that mysteriously turned into a concussion when the camera was rolling… typical Little Ben.

    And I thought Brett Favre was bad….

  117. New England will not win a Super Bowl for the next 50 years, book it. After next year Brady and Belicheat will both be gone and New England will occupy the AFC East cellar for the foreseeable future

    ——————————————————————-
    Brady and Belichick (your master, if you’re a Steelers fan) will be together for a few more runs at least. They didn’t look like they were ready to hang it up as they won the SB again–there’s a lot left in the tank and the Patriots are no less than #2 in line in Vegas odds to win it again next year.

    Like you, I’d like to predict everything for the next 50 years and book it, but I have intelligence and understand those types of predictions are idiotic. No wonder it’s so easy to beat you guys.

  118. go back and watch the hit that put Ben out, then come back and tell me he was faking

    ——-
    When Bill Cowher calls you out for being an injury embellishing drama queen then you absolfreakinglutely are an injury embellishing drama queen.

    And this guy has a rep of being tough?

  119. “He played tough.”

    Knowing what we know about traumatic brain injuries, that is an incredibly stupid thing to say. Really, really stupid.

    The NFL is eating itself.

  120. “I don’t care what he does, and I don’t see why anyone else should.”

    Well, there are rules, friend, and it looks the Patriots may not have followed them in good faith. You should care, but maybe you’re just that kind of person.

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