Brandin Cooks heads to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist

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On Sunday in London, Rams receiver Brandin Cooks suffered his fourth concussion since Super Bowl LII, and his second in less than a month. On Tuesday, coach Sean McVay said that Cooks will see a specialist in Pittsburgh.

“He’s feeling good,” McVay told reporters. “He’s very aware of what’s going on and he can talk about what occurred pre-concussion. He’s aware . . . . We are going to send him to a specialist. He’s actually on his way there in Pittsburgh. I’m trying to see if we can get a little bit more clarity, because most important is Brandin Cooks as a human being right now, not necessarily the football player. Let’s get a better idea of what’s exactly is going on, so that we can at least make the best decision for him moving forward. Hopefully, being able to do that will give us some answers we’ll find more information about that.”

That sounds more than a little ominous, but maybe it should. Cooks has had too many head injuries, and the question becomes whether he’s dealing with the cumulative effects of suffering multiple concussions. Ultimately, after suffering so many concussions, the question becomes whether any doctor will clear him to play.

“I think we are just taking it a day at a time,” McVay said. “At least try to get some information to Brandin and then, we can make a decision that is best for him. Anytime that you have something like this occur, you want to consider the human being first and foremost, and that’s what we are going to do, take our time. No question, it will be something that we are going to be smart with. I think being able to get some answers, hear some other opinions on what’s going on, and other cases that have been like this will give us some clarity to hopefully, make the best decision for Brandin Cooks the person and the football player.”

Again, that sounds more than a little ominous. One decade ago yesterday, Congress gave the NFL and NFL Players Association enough of a scare to get the league to address the issue of head injuries. While not many players since then (Jahvid Best is one of the very few) have seen concussions involuntarily end their careers, each passing concussion moves Cooks closer to the point at which he may never be allowed to play again.

34 responses to “Brandin Cooks heads to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist

  1. The pats knew he was damaged goods they unloaded him after the sb the rams were cazy to give him that contract.

  2. Cooks has more then four concussions to his head.
    Take your money and run away with your health while you still have some left.

  3. The Patriots knew they couldn’t keep him on their roster and traded him to a team they face once every 4 yrs. Not because he was “damaged goods”

  4. He should call it a day. Whole life in front of him and he’s made a small fortune. Too bad, good player.

  5. unbiasedminds says:
    October 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    Is there really no concussion specialists on the west coast?
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    They play in Pittsburg in two weeks.

  6. Even though it propelled my team to the Super Bowl…that hit Malcolm Jenkins put on him in the Super Bowl was vicious and seems to have been the beginning of Cook’s concussion issues.

    Hope he is OK.

  7. Brandin Cooks heads to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist
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    Oh hell, he’s headed for
    South Dakota. . . Someone go point Brandon in the right direction.

  8. nfldiehard16 says:
    October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    The Patriots knew they couldn’t keep him on their roster and traded him to a team they face once every 4 yrs. Not because he was “damaged goods”
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    Well, it was more that they didn’t think he’d be worth the sort of money (5yr, $81m) Rams ended up paying compared to the 1st rd pick Rams were offering Pats. Added to that was his recent concussion in the SB (so yes, he was damaged goods) and the fact that Belichick had already decided to look for bigger WRs. Cooks got good hands but isn’t tall and lacks bute strength.

  9. How do those plays go unflagged?

    I thought that is what they (NFL), were trying to stop?

  10. Hang them up tiny little man.

    You have been sent packing by two teams.

    You were lucky enough to get to the team that thinks paying over market value for you.

    You and Todd should just ride off into the sunset.

  11. His career ended in the SB when he spun into a knockout. On the plus side at least he managed to get paid after.

  12. The new helmets not working out so well?
    It seems that there are more concussion this year.

    There was a time when there was a helmet that actually worked for players who had their careers threatened with early retirement due to concussions…back in 1992. Mark Kelso used on those helmets and extended his career some 5 yrs. The helmet simply worked better than anything that has been used.

    But the NFL didn’t like the way that helmet looked and banned it from use…go figure.

  13. Cooks is going to the wrong place. He better go to Elk Grove, CA and hook up with Dr. Bennet Omalu… the doctor who discovered CTE because with all of Cooks concussions he’s probably got it by now.

  14. unbiasedminds says:
    October 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    Is there really no concussion specialists on the west coast?
    _________

    The top specialists are in Pittsburgh remember the movie “Concussion.”

    Hope he gets the treatment he needs.

  15. Here is a thought, McVay: how about you do not send the diminutive receiver across the middle as much?

  16. unbiasedminds says:
    October 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    Is there really no concussion specialists on the west coast?

    You never know where you may find the right physician for a condition. They can be anywhere.

  17. unbiasedminds says:
    October 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    Is there really no concussion specialists on the west coast?

    You never know where you may find the right physician for a condition. They can be anywhere. As far as how he’s getting there, flying or not, I’m sure it had to be approved by the team neurologist. Any neuro doc would be able to answer that question.

  18. Edward Halverson says:
    October 29, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    How do those plays go unflagged?

    I thought that is what they (NFL), were trying to stop?
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    In the latest play, the defender lead with his shoulder and lowered the strike zone. Cooks ducked his head into contact. It’s unfortunate for Cooks, but I politely disagree with Gene Steratore, and thought it was a good, common-sense, no-call.

  19. Sadly nfl careers end. Players love the sport. Professional athletes enjoy public adoration their entire life. It’s hard to walk away from the money and the public recognition. It sounds as though it is time to move on. CTE is real. And it is devastating to families and the athlete. Recurring concussions are serious. Prayers are with you. Protect your life and walk away. L. A. Rams should help you make that decision. NFL should help you make that decision. Your union should help you make that decision.
    You have enough money, or should have, to enjoy a fruitful life. I was a catcher through college. The impact, not as frequent as nfl, from guarding the plate and the foul tips into the face masks, not much 40 years ago, effect my mobility and cognitive functions at age 66. Your life is much longer than your next contract.

  20. For those trying to slip in a petty dig on Pittsburgh…educate yourself:
    1 – The Rams will be in Pittsburgh in less than 2 weeks
    2 – Over the last generation, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as one of the leading medical cities in the country, particularly in the area of concussions. Since Sidney Crosby missed almost the entire 2011-12 season due to repeated concussions, Pittsburgh has essentially become the nation’s capital for concussion specialists.

  21. Lots of Drs overprescribe opioids every day. Of course you could find a Dr who would clear him to play. That doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.

  22. UPMC in Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) has patients from all over the world, notably in sports, for treatment of concussion and research into CTE.

    Elite soccer and rugby players from abroad and even NASCAR drivers here in states come to their clinic.

    If you saw the movie CONCUSSION regarding Mike Webster, it dramatizes the work.

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