Justin Fields received no diagnosis during last night’s game

CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State
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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields absorbed a devastating hit to the midsection during Friday night’s game. He finished it, despite being in obvious pain.

After the victory over Clemson, the player who enhanced his draft stock with a six-touchdown performance on a major stage in college football explained that he didn’t get much of an explanation regarding the specific injury he suffered via the receiving end of a helmet-first hit from linebacker James Skalski, which triggered his ejection for targeting.

So what did Fields learn when evaluated by team doctors during the game or the 20-minute halftime?

“They didn’t really tell me anything,” Fields told reporters following the 49-28 win, via Erick Smith of USA Today. “I took a shot or two and just ran back out there. But it’s pretty much my whole right [side] is sore. That’s messed up. And a little, my hip. But they didn’t really give me a diagnosis at all.”

Fields winced repeatedly throughout the remainder of the game, when throwing the ball and when trying to get on a sideline exercise bike to stay loose. He grabbed at times the area above his right hip.

Even with a “shot or two” aimed at numbing the discomfort, Fields continued to show indications of distress. And while it’s unreasonable to expect the doctors to have a clear and specific diagnosis as to the full extent of the damage, it’s reasonable to expect that the doctors ruled out anything serious, like a lacerated kidney.

When Chris Simms suffered a ruptured spleen while playing quarterback for Tampa Bay in September 2006, doctors didn’t diagnosis it until after the game, when they finally realized that he was bleeding internally. So it’s not unprecedented or potentially serious conditions to slip through the cracks.

Fields apparently avoided injury to internal organs. Based on his explanation, however, it sounds like no one ruled it out — or at a minimum that, if they did, they didn’t tell him.

20 responses to “Justin Fields received no diagnosis during last night’s game

  1. His draft stock will certainly be helped if he can play in the championship game & he does similarly. I’m convinced he is tough. It’s up to the organization/staff to ensure he gets properly screened for injuries. I would like to hear from them about their review during the game & plan moving forward.

  2. How realistic is it too diagnose injuries during a game? Outside of something clear and obvious, I can understand how they could just rule out the serious stuff and figure the rest out later. Then again, I’m used to waiting for hours at the doctor for simple things…

  3. I’m blown away by kids like him who can throw a 50 yard bombs, pretty much flat-footed, with pinpoint accuracy. Unfortunately football isn’t a sport where player health comes first and foremost, so I’m not shocked they didn’t do more than ask him if he thought he could keep playing. He’s looking at a winning lotto ticket payout if he survives the championship game.

  4. Its not OSU per se, my two cents, the big high schoolers parents shop agents and pass the intel on to their kids. OSU plays in a weak division now that MSU, M and Penn St cant recruit talent anymore. So these kids all want to go there because the bid dance is a shoe in. There is no one to beat them.
    Its not ironic that all the coaches at Clemson, Alabama and OSU have winning records and look like geniuses. Recruit are begging to go there. How hard can that be?

  5. So what are they supposed to do? They’re not going to stop the game while he takes 2 hours to get an MRI. Typically if you can walk and you’re not disoriented or anything You’re going to play

  6. Fields is a drama queen, looked great in the pocket, moved around, made some deep throws and looked fine, but yeah on the sidelines wincing and grimacing. So fake.

  7. Just seems like coaches blatant disregard for player safety by simply giving him a couple of injections and sending him back in, without taking x-ray or scan. Sure, he wants to play but coaches are responsible for their safety. Risks permanent injury. Paradoxically, had such a hit occurred to a professional QB, the back-up would have been quickly put in. Why the disconnect?

  8. Indefensible. This young man is extremely lucky. Blatant malpractice should never be allowed. I want a full investigation by legal authorities. That man was in obvious pain and those who are supposed to care about and protect him threw him out to the wolves for more punishment. Shame on the entire OSU program.

  9. So what happens to the cheap shot goon? This is the second bowl game he has been kicked out of for unnecessary roughness and personal fouls. I guess the NFL will love him. It’s all about the ratings and money.

  10. I don’t watch a lot of college football, but that hit looked perfectly fine to me. I guess the targeting was because the tackler lowered his head? The execution of the tackle looked perfect to my untrained eye, but again, I don’t watch much college football.

  11. Skalski ducked his head to put a shoulder into Fields. Fields turned and Skalski couldn’t. If this is a big boy sport let them play football. Quarterbacks are important but not immune from being hit hard. Oh wait…. yes they are. I guess I’m old enough to remember when men played the game and didn’t whine.

  12. Diagnosis: Surefire Top 5 pick.

    That hit may wind up being the best thing that ever happened to him, because he showed how much grit he has. Any team that drafts him will be lucky to have him.

  13. It is hard to play hard nosed football as a defensive player – especially with the ejections. It is also hard to play hard nosed tough football especially as an offensive player when sometimes you get forced into the tent because the official get screamed at by the media if they dont kick someone off the field. There is protection and there is being overly protective. If somebody is wobbling around get him to the tent but if it is just a hard hit and he wants to continue – send him to the tent ?? that is interfering in the game. Glad it doesnt happen too often.

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