NFL’s chief medical officer praises Carson Wentz for self-reporting concussion

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was removed from Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seahawks after a concussion diagnosis that began with Wentz telling the medical staff on the sideline that he was feeling the symptoms of a concussion. NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills praised Wentz for that.

“I think what Carson Wentz did is heroic and should be highlighted as an example of how an unbelievably skilled and competitive athlete understands the seriousness of concussion injury and is willing to honestly report it and receive the care that he needs independent of his desire and drive to continue to participate in the game,” Sills told the Associated Press. “Having a concussion and playing through it is not about toughness. That’s demonstrating a lack of understanding of the severity of the injury. So I applaud Carson Wentz for understanding how serious this injury is and for getting appropriate care that he needs.”

One of Wentz’s teammates, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, said in December that he lied to the medical staff to stay in a game even though he was feeling the symptoms of a concussion, which was diagnosed after the game. Sills said NFL players should consider how young football players will follow their example.

“It’s a great example to players at all ages and levels that you only have one brain and you shouldn’t take chances with a brain injury,” Sills said.

Wentz’s concussion, coming on the heels of injuries that forced him to miss the playoffs the last two years, have led some to question whether he’ll ever be durable enough for the NFL. Sills thinks Wentz is exactly the kind of player the NFL needs.

65 responses to “NFL’s chief medical officer praises Carson Wentz for self-reporting concussion

  1. Don’t know if it’s “heroic” but it’s def SHAMBOLIC the neutral spotter didn’t zero in on him after that hit, and put Clowney in the tent as well! And it’s SHAMEFUL neither side’s teams insisted on it. And SHAMEFUL the refs didn’t flag Clowney. And that hit was done to order.

  2. As evidenced by his teammates’ confession regarding lying about it, Wentzs actions are apparently still not a completely universal behavior and attitude among nfl players.
    It makes me wonder how many of his teammates might secretly be thinking that he should have toughed it out?

  3. “Making his long term health a priority?”

    Nah, Andrew Luck did that. Wentz doesn’t mind making a boatload of money only to pull himself out of a playoff game.

    Good luck, Philly.

  4. Wentz as a runner on more than one occasion has appeared to be running out of bounds to give himsef up and then turn up the sideline for two or three more yards. Cute. Rather than slide, he dives forward for an extra yard or two. If he is a running back he should be hit. Sorry he got hurt but he was fair game plus led with his head.

  5. The NFL needs to move to a rule that the player who causes a deliberate injury is ruled out for as long as the player who is injured.

  6. streetyson says:
    January 10, 2020 at 5:34 am
    Don’t know if it’s “heroic” but it’s def SHAMBOLIC the neutral spotter didn’t zero in on him after that hit, and put Clowney in the tent as well! And it’s SHAMEFUL neither side’s teams insisted on it. And SHAMEFUL the refs didn’t flag Clowney. And that hit was done to order.

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    As far as egregious non calls though, this was extremely minor. It sucks that a guy got hurt, though.

  7. I don’t recognize this type of heroism. You’ve protected yourself and that’s smart. But especially in this era it’s far from courageous or heroic. Just smart.

  8. They’re just calling him heroic because they know a lot of people are wondering if he faked it since he was not playing well and couldn’t complete a pass. The hit wasn’t that bad. Heroic would have been staying in the game.

  9. *According to sources close to the situation, Wentz had a brief loss of memory on the sideline. He couldn’t remember what happened or who the Eagles played the week before. While inside the blue medical tent, Wentz also had a little bit of trouble sitting in a stationary position.

    -seems like a no-brainer to remove him from the game.

  10. Self-reported? You mean the medical folks couldn’t tell that his brain was scrambled? Probably need new medical folks then.

    Sounds more like a business decision to me.

  11. Carson Wentz signed a four year, $128 million extension on June 10, 2019. $107.9 million is guaranteed with $66.5 million fully guaranteed at signing.

    No need to risk that money with a hurt head.

    Philly needs to use their 21th pick in the draft on a QB for sure.

  12. He was loosing, simple equation.
    Far from heroic. Never once, did I ever get called heroic when I’ve told a teacher or a boss I have a migraine.

  13. Wentz was smart. Players are pressured to play hurt by their teams all the time. You don’t want to mess around with concussions.

    My main concern with Wentz is that he doesn’t seem to have learned any lessons about protecting himself – it’s not that he’s “injury prone”, he just puts himself in positions to take big hits.

    Russell Wilson does a good job of protecting himself, that’s why he stays in games. Mariota doesn’t, Wentz doesn’t, Newton doesn’t. Lamar Jackson is awesome (and I hate the Ravens) and he is just a gifted, magical open field runner – but one of these days he’s gonna get clocked. Hopefully he can hold up.

    Seeing a QB sacrificing themselves for a couple of extra yards may get the fans to whoop and holler – until he is concussed or gets his leg broken or some other injury that takes him out of the game.

  14. A very subtle dirty hit by Clowny. He knew knew what he was doing and should have been tossed. Tough deal for Wentz as he’s a great player and a better human. The league is better with him in it. Skol

  15. brees4mvp says:
    January 10, 2020 at 6:55 am
    Wait… he pulled himself… in a playoff game? I guess sometimes you gotta look out for #1.
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    Pulling yourself from a playoff game for a a concussion is totally acceptable. Having a complete meltdown yet again in a winnable playoff game like your namesake Brees has done is not acceptable at all .

  16. killerquails says:
    January 10, 2020 at 7:00 am
    Wentz as a runner on more than one occasion has appeared to be running out of bounds to give himsef up and then turn up the sideline for two or three more yards. Cute. Rather than slide, he dives forward for an extra yard or two. If he is a running back he should be hit. Sorry he got hurt but he was fair game plus led with his head.

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    The question isn’t whether he should be hit. You are correct, he became a runner and should have been hit. However, the intent was to clearly punish the “runner”. Clowney led with his helmet towards a defenseless player’s head. Doesn’t matter if it was a quarterback, running back or receiver. Wentz was already on the ground. Even with Clowney’s momentum he could’ve simply just jumped on top of him to make sure he was down. I get that. But no other part of Clowney’s body even came in contact with Wentz. Just helmet to helmet.

  17. “They’re just calling him heroic because they know a lot of people are wondering if he faked it since he was not playing well and couldn’t complete a pass. The hit wasn’t that bad. Heroic would have been staying in the game”

    Medical professionals can easily determine if someone is faking a concussion. If there was any credible evidence that Wentz did not have a concussion he would have been returned to the game.

  18. Good on Wentz for self-reporting, otherwise he would a liability for his team. Even having a medical tent on the sideline is a big step up from the “tough guy” era. I recall Ditka saying on ESPN (cringe) if a guy got his bell rung they would ask him on the sideline how many fingers they were holding up. If the player got it wrong they would say “close enough” and send him back into the game.

  19. @ streetyson says:

    Don’t know if it’s “heroic” but it’s def SHAMBOLIC the neutral spotter didn’t zero in on him after that hit, and put Clowney in the tent as well! And it’s SHAMEFUL neither side’s teams insisted on it. And SHAMEFUL the refs didn’t flag Clowney. And that hit was done to order.”

    Ease up. The Eagles lost. The Eagles O-line was severely outplayed by the Seattle D-line, and as much as you never want to see a player get hurt, but Wentz has a history of missing games, and is gaining a rep for being glass.

    Clowney’s hit will be reviewed by the league.

  20. One HOFer cut is finger off to stay in a regular season game while another pulls himself out of a playoff game for not feeling right?

    While the chief medical officer was praising him I doubt many of his team mates are!

  21. Sadly, it is not surprising that a number of posters here think the guy should have just shut up and kept playing. Would they have the same reaction if their son or daughter took a hit to the head and complained of symptoms related to concussions? “C’mon, Ashley, shake it it off and get your butt back in there. Be a hero, don’t let your team down. We’ll worry about brain injury in 10 or 20 years.”

    And some people wonder why a growing number of parents won’t let their children participate in contact sports…

  22. Ronnie Lott The total warrior playing with a partial removal of a digit in a playoff game. Wentz was going down and was a “defenseless player” and got speared and his head smacked Clowney than smashed into the turf. So say he toughs it out and comes back groggy and throws three picks and sacked 9 times……YEP that is smart and tough.

  23. mjchockey1 says:
    January 10, 2020 at 10:36 am
    One HOFer cut is finger off to stay in a regular season game while another pulls himself out of a playoff game for not feeling right?
    ===========
    He actually had it surgically amputated, and he said this 2 weeks later when the cast was removed and he saw his hand:
    “I was trying to laugh it off, but I felt sick,” he told the Associated Press in 1986.
    “I tried to stand up, but I broke into a cold sweat. It was just a total shock. I thought, ‘Oh, man, I should have had the pin put in.’ … We are losing the compassionate side of sports. We’re becoming gladiators. If I ever become a coach, I hope I never lose sight of the fact that players are people. They feel. They have emotions. I could have all of Eddie DeBartolo’s corporations and it isn’t going to buy me a new finger. It has given me a new perspective on life.”

    BTW, the 49ers lost that game…

  24. This Wentz was already on the ground group is wrong. He didn’t hit the ground until after Clowney made contact, and spearing requires using the TOP of the helmet; Clowney made incidental contact with the front while driving his shoulder into Wentz back. If Wentz gives himself up instead of trying to run he’d have gotten a flag and saved himself a concussion.

  25. Also here is what Ronnie Lott had to say after the amputation.
    “I was trying to laugh it off, but I felt sick, I tried to stand up, but I broke into a cold sweat. It was just a total shock. I thought, ‘Oh, man, I should have had the pin put in.’ … We are losing the compassionate side of sports. We’re becoming gladiators. If I ever become a coach, I hope I never lose sight of the fact that players are people. They feel. They have emotions. I could have all of Eddie DeBartolo’s corporations and it isn’t going to buy me a new finger. It has given me a new perspective on life.”

  26. Wentz is a good citizen, he did the right thing. Also, if he had played hurt, he would’ve been screwing up left and right and would be called a bum. The Eagles had a chance with the 2nd string QB but couldn’t get it in the end zone with all their chances.

  27. It was heroic of him to tap out of a game they were going to get blown out if he remained the QB. He was hoping McCown could pull a Foles and get him another ring.

  28. A player must do what the Commissioner will not — protect long term health — from more than just major injuries. Some players don’t make the big bucks like Wentz; may be “on the bubble of playing; and cannot afford to “take themselves out” of a game. The league still has issues with CTE protocol, and needs to incentivize, what Wentz just did, not penalize a failure to do so.

  29. Well there goes all the nonsense I’ve been hearing from the Talking Heads this week about how the reason he got hurt so much is just wanted to prove what a tough leader he was.

  30. Yeah. Lets call the guy a wimp. If hes not bleeding from the ears, hes good to go…sadly i domt know why the bloodlust of the nfl continues. It must be a boomer thing.

  31. Apparently Clowney is not suspended . Conclusion : The league is not worried about it and it is a clear signal to all parties that head hunting is fine in the coming play offs,”let them play ” is the clear message. Wentz was down,it was a late targeted hit.Additionally,just because a Q.B. slides is zero guarantee you will be spared . Any quarter back that runs should expect to be popped,sliding or not.

  32. Wentz is a capable QB, but there is nothing special about him. Whether he stayed in the game or not would’nt have changed the outcome.

  33. Why so much hate for Wentz. Dude went to North Dakota. Cool underdog story. He didn’t pull himself out of the game, he reported his symptoms and was pulled out of the game. Just cuz you have bad luck with injuries doesn’t mean you are injury-prone or glass. It just means you’ve been injured more than most. It actually shows that he’s pretty tough that he keeps coming back for more. He is definitely the best quarterback in his division.

  34. Believe it or not, when they say your health is the most important thing you have, they are 100% correct, especially the health of your brain. There is no reason to chance further injury to your brain, ever, as the consequences of doing so are well documented. I don’t think Wentz is a hero, nor do I think he has no heart. I think he knew something was wrong and got medical treatment. I would expect pretty much any human being on earth to do the same thing, even the people that claim he shouldn’t have. Staying in a game and risking your mental health down the road simply isn’t worth it. There is a lot of life after football, and maybe Wentz wants to live that life without suicidal thoughts. Maybe he likes being able to remember his loved ones, and doesn’t want to walk around in a fog all day. Besides, if he couldn’t remember playing the Giants week 17, what good would he have been in the game? What he if forgot the play he just called?

  35. Heroic? Running into the face of machine gun fire to rescue your buddy from the battlefield is heroic. Running into a burning building to rescue people is heroic. Self-reporting a concussion in a game you are clearly going to lose is not even a little bit heroic.

  36. It was smart by Wentz. Unfortunate.
    Heroic is Foles getting killed by Clowney and coming back in for game winning drive.

  37. It doesn’t matter if he was down or not; clowney made helmet to helmet contact with a player, and that is a 15 yard penalty. I don’t think it was “dirty” and I don’t think it was a suspendable hit, but I do think it would be awesome of the officials could call anything right, ever, and a hefty fine would have at least sent some type of message about player safety. Not addressing it in any way does send a bad message to the league and the fans.

  38. Michael E says:
    January 10, 2020 at 7:57 am
    They’re just calling him heroic because they know a lot of people are wondering if he faked it since he was not playing well and couldn’t complete a pass. The hit wasn’t that bad. Heroic would have been staying in the game.

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    “was not plying well”??? It was only his 8th snap of the game!

  39. The people that are knocking Wentz are lame armchair qbs. Just haters. They seem to forget Wentz continued to finish their TD drive to take the lead over the rams despite tearing his ACL and the following season he played with a fractured back. So, yea, I’m sure hes a lot tougher than you guys

  40. Playing while having concussion is stupid; people who are saying he’s weak and should continue play are the stupid ones!! He did the right thing! Concussions are extremely dangerous and cause serious problems down the road!!

    No game is worth your health with serious injuries you will have long term problems period!! Until you are in his place, don’t make judgements

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