Adam Humphries “doing better” after violent hit left him with concussion

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Adam Humphries is feeling better Monday after a violent hit from Bengals defensive back Jessie Bates concussed the Titans receiver Sunday.

Officials did not penalize Bates for a hit that appeared to be on a defenseless receiver, causing Humphries briefly to lose consciousness as his head also bounced off the ground.

“I wasn’t going to call the league and ask for an explanation,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Monday. “I didn’t need one. I saw the replay. I saw him get hit in the head. At no point in time did I think that he was targeting him, but he was defenseless and got hit in the head or neck. But more importantly, Hump is up and moving around. He’s in concussion protocol. He’s doing better than when he left the field.

“I didn’t need an explanation, other than they missed it.”

NFL supervisor of officials Al Riveron could have ejected Bates from New York. He didn’t.

“I think anything we can do for player safety, we should try to explore,” Vrabel said. “We’ve been through this before, whether it was Kalif Raymond. We try to coach our guys that you’re going to have to lower the target. Whether the officials are looking at whether he caught it, whether he had possession, there’s a lot going on. Then, for them to see the defenseless receiver protection [is a lot to ask].”

The NFL still could fine Bates this week despite the lack of a flag.

4 responses to “Adam Humphries “doing better” after violent hit left him with concussion

  1. Bengals fandom aside, I really don’t think there was anything wrong with Jessie Bates play here. In fact he clearly held up. I understand the need for a fine because you have to continually send the message that hits to the head and neck area have to be avoided at all costs. But ejecting Bates for that play would have been a real injustice.

  2. hamiltonbengals77 says:
    November 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm
    Bengals fandom aside, I really don’t think there was anything wrong with Jessie Bates play here. In fact he clearly held up. I understand the need for a fine because you have to continually send the message that hits to the head and neck area have to be avoided at all costs. But ejecting Bates for that play would have been a real injustice.

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    He hit a defenseless WR in the head/neck area. That is what was wrong with it. I don’t think it was dirty so yeah an ejection might have been too much, but how about a flag at least? I mean the Bengals had many, many calls go their way yesterday. The Titans didn’t need much help losing that game but c’mon, that was a clear personal foul.

  3. He tried to pull up from the collision. These guys don’t have magical powers to stop when they are running full speed. The officials got this one right.

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