NFL: Alvin Kamara passed locker-room concussion evaluation

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In the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game, Saints running back Alvin Kamara absorbed a wicked helmet-to-helmet hit from Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith on Thursday night. Kamara stumbled while trying to get up, seemingly stunned by the blow.

He later returned to the game. In between, it wasn’t clear during the broadcast what precisely occurred.

According to the NFL, Kamara had a concussion evaluation, both in the sideline tent and later in the locker room. Obviously, Kamara was cleared to return.

TV camera showed him with smelling salts not long after the hit, but there was little if any discussion about whether and to what extent he was officially examined for a brain injury.

The process was initiated by the sideline medical staff, including the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant.

It’s unclear how long the overall process of clearing Kamara required, or when it officially began. The hit occurred with just under 10 minutes to play. The image of Kamara with smelling salts appeared with just under nine minutes left in the game. He was back on the field when the Saints next gained possession, with 2:35 remaining in the game.

18 responses to “NFL: Alvin Kamara passed locker-room concussion evaluation

  1. I saw him stumble and then using smelling salts later. Hard to believe there’s an evaluation that works that fast and concludes he’s good to go. Hope the kid is okay!

  2. His body language seemed like he wasn’t having much fun in the game before Smith lit him up.
    Front runner like all the Saints. Hit ’em in the mouth and they wilt if they can’t play flag football rules…

  3. Agree with dualprime.

    IF this is even true, it’s a very bad sign.

    Means the protocol isn’t legit.

    Who could’ve guessed.

  4. Well…..if that hit ended up not giving him a concussion…..and it looked like it all but had to of….then I guess no need to scream for a penalty. The league has got to make offensive players run straight up and down if they want defensive players to hand tackle. Defenders get trucked more often now without penalty and what we are seeing is a total change in the visual brand of the sport. Any offensive player instinctually lowers their head and makes their strike zone smaller than a foot or 2. Helmets are going to touch almost every time still in these situations.

  5. Its really frustrating to see QBs get sneezed on and its a personal foul but that wasnt one when he was head hunting? Insane. Its not bang bang that was clear as day. Dont change the damn rules then look the other way, just call it fairly.

  6. According to the NFL, concussions can happen in the 1st or 2nd quarter and then “clear by halftime” – just ask Jim McMahon.

  7. Chad504boy says:

    November 30, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Obvious question is Did the Refs pass concussion protocol last night?

    You win!

  8. It’s amazing how many people consider this team a serious super bowl contender when the best team they’ve beaten on the road is the Vikings. They have a pass defense ranked 30th in the league. I might even make it a point to say that the Vikings are worse this season simply because of that loss to the Bills. If the Saints can’t beat the Cowboys with a scoring defense ranked 3rd, they’ll struggle against the Bears with a scoring defense ranked 2nd. This team better hope they don’t have to play the Rams again coming up in the post-season because this game could very well be played in LA.

  9. Yea same stuff last week with Reed. Official standing right there. Nothing. Helmet to helmet applies to every team except the Cowboys when in Dallas. They are allowed to take these violent shots with impunity and without fear of any reprisal. Sorry state of affairs. Kamara is lucky today.

  10. This team better hope they don’t have to play the Rams again coming up in the post-season because this game could very well be played in LA.

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    Oh, you mean those same Rams that gave up 50 at home? Seeing how they play each other in the regular season, I’d say LA is the team that needs to worry…

  11. demetriusjames says:
    November 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Oh, you mean those same Rams that gave up 50 at home? Seeing how they play each other in the regular season, I’d say LA is the team that needs to worry…

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    The Saints are not the Chiefs and needless to say, the Rams’ secondary didn’t have Aqib Talib. Just watch the games. The Chiefs are ranked 28th in scoring defense. Brees even struggled to move outside the pocket against the Cowboys. You really think the Rams would lose the next match-up in LA? They haven’t lost there all season long. It’s not like the Saints have ever been known to win meaningful games on the road. When you have Sean Payton, who chooses to go for it on 4th and goal than just kick a field goal when trailing in the 1st half, it doesn’t look good against better defenses. The Saints better hope they don’t run into the Bears in the post-season as well.

  12. demetriusjames says:
    November 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    This team better hope they don’t have to play the Rams again coming up in the post-season because this game could very well be played in LA.

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    Oh, you mean those same Rams that gave up 50 at home? Seeing how they play each other in the regular season, I’d say LA is the team that needs to worry…

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    The Chiefs have the 28th ranked scoring defense and the last time I checked, the Chiefs aren’t the Saints. The Rams haven’t lost a game at home all season long. The Saints have the harder schedule coming up in comparison to the Rams and you’re saying they need to worry? NO still has to play the Panthers twice, the Steelers, and the Buccs again. It goes to show that the Saints can’t just “outscore their opponent offensively” if they go up against a better scoring defense. For some reason, the Rams are just a better team at home, much like the Saints.

  13. You really think the Rams would lose the next match-up in LA?

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    Um, those same Rams were likely gonna lose to the Packers had McCarthy grown a pair. So…yes, I do!

  14. listen, i’m a saints fan,… kamara had a concussion,… that rule was made literally cause of the injury he got from the cowboys “we need to pull penalties without calls to win this game” thing they had going on. The ONLY reason their pretending he passed protocol, is cause the jerry show was on.

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