Nyheim Hines showed gross motor instability after hit on first possession

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The NFL’s concussion protocol is being tested already.

Colts running back Nyheim Hines caught a 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan before being swarmed. He was hit by D.J. Jones and Nik Bonitto, with Bonitto appearing to make helmet-to-helmet contact with Hines.

Hines got up but staggered, showing obvious signs of gross motor instability.

Colts offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Bernhard Raimann quickly came to Hines’ side and helped hold him up before the team’s medical staff arrived.

It was eerily similar to what happened to Tua Tagovailoa in the first half of the game against the Bills. The Dolphins quarterback was allowed to return after clearing concussion protocol despite showing gross motor instability, a decision now under investigation by the NFL.

Hines is in the training room being evaluated for a brain injury, and the Colts list him as questionable to return.

Hines, starting in place of the injured Jonathan Taylor, had one carry for 3 yards, dropped a pass and caught the 5-yard pass on third down.

Phillip Lindsay and Deon Jackson now will fill in for Hines.

19 responses to “Nyheim Hines showed gross motor instability after hit on first possession

  1. I don’t remember seeing anyone ever doing that and now it’s happened twice in one week.

  2. Broncos are just angry because the Seahawks fleeced them for Mr. Let’s ride.

  3. What is happening here?! I’ve been a fan since the 80’s and I can’t remember ever seeing so many, obvious head injuries. It’s getting very hard to watch these games as a family anymore. Makes me sick to my stomach to watch the player try to stand and totally freaks out my son.

  4. That’s what happens when defenders don’t know how to properly tackle and they just launch themselves into their opponents!

  5. Maybe they’re not used to contact. The Colts are the only team that I’ve ever seen practice with pads on their helmets.

  6. One big difference this year and I think it’s causing more concussions is forcing the players to wear those soft helmets on training camp. Many coaches were against it.

  7. They should revisit the design of the helmets. It’s not properly protecting the player’s head.

  8. Watched a lot of NFL and I’ve seen a quite a few clearly concussed players, never seen severe motor instability twice in a weeks span though.

  9. ghjjf says:
    October 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm
    That’s what happens when defenders don’t know how to properly tackle and they just launch themselves into their opponents!

    I agree… But… The union has negotiated most hitting, tackling, live football etc out of practices and training camps. So without the reps, the D just makes it up as best they can. Bottom line – if you don’t practice tackling, how can you be expected to do it well or properly all of a sudden in a game ?

  10. NFL PR to Doctors on field: “He cannot go back in, he cannot go back in”

    The PR crisis that would have ensued if Hines had gone back in would have been astronomical.

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