Players from both sides concerned about last night’s injuries

AP

One of the benefits of the NFL’s gimmicky color rush uniforms is that they make everything stand out in stark relief.

Last night, mutual respect and human compassion came with the package.

When Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly went down and was sobbing uncontrollably after his concussion, it was easy to spot Saints safety Roman Harper (who played for the Panthers the last two years) in all white among the players surrounding the Panthers star.

“Luke is a great friend of mine, and anytime you see one of your friends down it’s never a good thing,” Harper said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “He’s not just an average guy to me. Seeing the way that he was, I was trying to get him to calm down and control himself.

“I know Luke. He’s trying to get back. He’s trying to battle it and not be hurt.”

Kuechly wasn’t the only one to take a traumatic blow to the head last night, as Mark Ingram also left the game and didn’t return after a shot from Panthers safety Kurt Coleman. But Coleman said the concern transcended team lines.

“It’s a brotherhood,” Coleman said. “That’s the one thing that people don’t understand. Yeah, in between the lines we’re trying to battle, but it doesn’t matter what team you are.

“We all look out for each other because you never want to see a player go down like that. Even when Mark went down, I was saying some prayers because this game is too tough and it’s too rough as it is We sign up for it, but like I said, this is a brotherhood and we look out for each other.”

It’s admirable for the collection of human beings involved that they took a moment to think about someone wearing a different color, perhaps helping for a moment to fill the national empathy gap which transcends football at the moment. But if they were truly united, perhaps in the future they’ll band together to address other problems such as playing in short weeks, which no one in the labor force seems to enjoy.

26 responses to “Players from both sides concerned about last night’s injuries

  1. Nice feel good story about how most of these guys truly are concerned for each other. You could have left the last paragraph out.

  2. ….How is the average fan suppose to react to this?….Being a professional footbal player involves a great deal of physical risks BUT players KNOW this…and play because where else are you going get paid MILLIONS to play a game? Yes it suks they get hurt, but so do construction workers, police, firefighters, warehouse workers, factory workers, miners, & seldom do they get the proper sympathy football players get……..

  3. Get better, Luke. Have never seen a player react like that to a concussion before, which was frightening.

    Wasn’t sure which would be worse–having your knee torn up or having a concussion which makes you cry like a infant.

    He’s a dynamic player, fun to watch, even when he’s kicking the ass of my Cards. Hope he comes back strong as ever.

  4. Why does playing a short week increase injury?
    I don’t think there is any correlation.
    You aren’t more likely to get a concussion on Thursday than Sunday. The only way I see more injuries is if you already have an injury and are more vulnerable to aggravating it.

    What a short week does is result in a worse game because the teams don’t have time to prepare.

    Easy solution. Add an additional bye week.
    The Thursday game remains but its play 111 days after a Sunday game, so players have a lot of time to rest and prepare. Then after the Thursday game they are off for 10 days.

    No extra games, but better quality games. And the season is extended a week longer so there is more TV revenue.

  5. Short weeks don’t cause concussions. The brain doesn’t heal like a strain or a bruise. Kuechly could’ve had a month off and still would’ve been concussed after that hit. The fact of the matter is this: football is violent and there is a risk of significant injury on every play. The league can only institute rules to help mitigate injuries, but it will never be able to prevent them. This is what these players acknowledge when signing those multi-million dollar contracts.

  6. It was crushing to watch. The Panther season was on the line. Luke wants to play and win so bad and since he is just about all of the Panther defense, you could see all the emotion right out there.

  7. problems such as playing in short weeks, which no one in the labor force seems to enjoy.
    ——–
    And the overwhelming majority of the fans do not want and have not been watching. The owners are the only people that want Thursday Night Football.

  8. “It’s a brotherhood,” Coleman said. “That’s the one thing that people don’t understand.
    _______________________________
    Well, it’s hard to understand, when you see one member of the brotherhood launching his helmet into the head of another. Often times, it looks very deliberate.
    If there is so much love among them, shouldn’t they be respecting their brothers’ brains and mental health?
    Tackles are made throughout a game, where proper technique is employed, and no harm results.

    If you want people to “understand”, lead by example…and not with your head.

  9. It’s a tough thing to witness. And it tends to really stand out when it happens to someone who is a really nice guy, like Luke.
    I hope for a quick and complete recovery.

  10. When I was a kid and we played pick-up tackle football we had the same mindset that we all watched out for each other… sometime we had a new guy show up and not give that respect and he wasn’t asked back. There are a few guys in the league though that seem to be like those new guys, but they can’t just not be invited back.

  11. Thursday games should be part of a double bye. 11 days off followed by ten days off. It means no early season or late season Thursday games, but double up teams like Jacksonville and Tennesse as regional games with Pittsburgh and Cincy as the national game.

  12. .
    i’m not buying the Luke concussion thing…

    who reacts to a concussion like that???
    Ingram went straight to sleep after his hit body and ball just dropped.

    The only explanation is that Luke has different kinds of concussion responses, instead of getting ingram knocked out or woozy, he reverted back to age 5 and finding no presents from Santa under the tree. insta hurt wah face

  13. Trump is right, too many pansies playing in the NFL right now.
    filmex2000 says:
    Nov 18, 2016 8:30 AM

    Get better, Luke. Have never seen a player react like that to a concussion before, which was frightening.

    Wasn’t sure which would be worse–having your knee torn up or having a concussion which makes you cry like a infant.

    —————————–

    It was likely an acute stress symptom.

    If you ever seen the movie Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks does a really accurate depiction at the end of what an individual going through shock looks like.

  14. I am a die hard football fan that WHOLE HEARTEDLY supports getting rid of thursday night football (exception: thanksgiving)

    games suck, its more football than is necessary.. and for fantasy footballers like me, it has turned it into a job with no days off. its exhausting

  15. @typingof thedead

    Remember, when it was a pleasant surprise to have games on a Thurs nite, and then the Sat games during Xmas season?

    They had it right back then. Kick of Thurs nite football on Thanksgiving and ride it out until the end of the year.
    That was a much better format.

    I avoid starting fantasy players on Thurs nite as much as possible. They never seem to meet their floor numbers, it seems like such a cluster-F of a game every time.

    Awful

  16. wchadwicks says:
    Nov 18, 2016 9:12 AM

    Thursday games should be part of a double bye. 11 days off followed by ten days off. It means no early season or late season Thursday games, but double up teams like Jacksonville and Tennesse as regional games with Pittsburgh and Cincy as the national game.
    —–
    Even if there is a single game it should be part of the bye; should be part of the new CBA along with a longer schedule (what the owners want in exchange for a shorter pre-season) and less draconian punishment for recreational (and in many places legal) drug use (what at least some of the players want).

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