Tyrod Taylor has been in the concussion protocol three times in 13 months

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As the Browns prepare inevitably (their fans hope) to name quarterback Baker Mayfield the starter moving forward, there’s a separate dynamic that needs to be considered: Tyrod Taylor has now has entered the concussion protocol three times in the past 13 months.

To the extent that he actually suffered a concussion on Thursday night, that’s alarming, given that there was no clear or obvious blow to the head. Yes, it appears Taylor head struck the ground as he was taken down, but the initial reaction was that maybe he had a leg injury, not a head injury.

On Sunday morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Taylor is expected to clear the concussion protocol this week. If the concussion protocol is a legitimate process for carefully evaluating brain health, how can anyone other than a neurologist who has already evaluated Taylor whether he’s on track to be cleared?

There’s a chance that’s precisely what has happened. Indeed, there’s a chance that Thursday night’s placement of Taylor in the concussion protocol wasn’t the result of an actual concussion but the product of an overabundance of caution, possibly fueled by an overabundance of desire to see what Mayfield can do.

The involvement of independent neurologists arguably makes it harder to issue a results-driven diagnosis, but if the doctor paid by the team urges restraint at time when the independent neurologist is willing to let the player play, the independent neurologist most likely won’t insist that the player be sent back to the field.

Taylor previously suffered concussions in August 2017 against the Ravens in the preseason and in January 2018 against the Jaguars in the postseason. The fact that someone already believes he’ll be cleared in the coming days suggest that he didn’t suffer a concussion this time.

And it potentially sets the table for the Browns to do what Peter King suggested on Friday’s PFT Live that they should do: Stick with the original plan that Taylor will play in 2018, and that Mayfield will sit.

17 responses to “Tyrod Taylor has been in the concussion protocol three times in 13 months

  1. I thought he got one at the beginning of the first game of the season against the steelers, but hid it. He’s been beat up bad since the start of the season but doesn’t come out of the game.

  2. As a Browns fan, I don’t expect Baker to play lights out every game but there is a clear difference between his play and Tyrod’s. Tyrod is a great #2. He’s a true professional who takes care of the football, but unless Baker gets hurt I don’t expect to see Tyrod the rest of the year.

  3. “And it potentially sets the table for the Browns to do what Peter King suggested on Friday’s PFT Live that they should do: Stick with the original plan that Taylor will play in 2018, and that Mayfield will sit.”

    No offense to Peter King, but that is a poor analysis. Clear difference not only in play, but in command of the offense, leadership and respect of teammates, Haley’s play calling. I have no problem with TT – like him actually – but as a long suffering Browns fan, I cant do run-run-pass-punt anymore.

  4. Regardless of what Peter King thinks the Browns have to make the decision on Mayfield – Taylor situation before the next game.
    The Browns have a shot at the playoffs at this point and have t and go with their best shot.
    Clearly the momentum is on Mayfield’s side and it looked like he showed he was ready in the Jets game.

  5. I knew the moment I saw the first replay it was a concussion. Taylor clearly fell on his head. Just because Aikman and Buck were clueless doesn’t mean it wasn’t obvious.

  6. If Hue goes back to TT and they lose one game he will lose the locker room and also lose his job.
    Mayfield is clearly above and beyond TT and has the support of the teammates. Haley will be head coach of this team soon.

  7. Bills fan here….always liked TT….he can be the best back up in the league and win you some games but hes not going to take you to the SB…..having said that, Mayfield looks like something special to me and fully capable of starting & winning games for The Brownies….

  8. Tyrod prolly needs to sit out because of the three concussions: his health is more important than the game of football.
    But healthy or not going forward, he has become Don Majkowski II.
    Many of you haven’t heard that name because he was injured and replaced by a guy who kept him off the field after that, a pretty decent QB.
    And Baker Mayfield will keep Taylor off the field as well. Forget Peter King’s opinion: Mayfield was easily the best QB in the draft and he is ready to play. Will he make mistakes and throw picks? Yup. But this kid is a winner.

  9. Too bad he’s injured. Pump the brakes on Baker. Cleveland will ruin him just like all the others who played for more than one game there.

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