NFLPA is reviewing medical reports regarding Matthew Stafford

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The NFL’s concussion protocol becomes best understood through its application. There’s a current application of the protocol that is very difficult to understand.

On Friday, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was cleared from the concussion protocol. On Sunday afternoon, Stafford was removed from a game against the Saints, to be evaluated or a concussion. Some 28 hours later, the evaluation continues.

As explained last night, the NFLPA is monitoring the situation. Currently, the union is reviewing the medical reports.

It’s strange. It’s unusual. It’s arguably unprecedented. A player has a concussion, or he doesn’t. More specific to the NFL, he’s in the protocol, or he isn’t.

If there’s this much doubt, why not put him in the protocol, for his own good?

That’s what needs to happen. Whether the Rams are doing it deliberately or not, a bizarre loophole is being used regarding the absence of a time frame for making a decision. Maybe that’s because it’s a given a decision should be made within the time necessary to decide whether the player should or shouldn’t be in the protocol.

14 responses to “NFLPA is reviewing medical reports regarding Matthew Stafford

  1. Boy wonder doesn’t mind sacrificing players’ futures if it helps him look good as coach.

  2. It’s hard to understand if you’re an attorney who pretends to know more about medicine than actual doctors. The diagnosis is based is passing a series of tests. Pass the tests, you don’t have a concussion. Fail the tests and you do. Get hit again and you fail the tests, you have a concussion again. It’s not black and white like a broken arm that an x-ray can reveal.

  3. Stafford always looks like and acts as if he’s just left a frat party after hitting the bong and keg all night! Must be difficult for the experts to tell the the concussion from status quo!

  4. The outrage, the shame some people should be arrested. He should retire he should be on the bench for the rest of the season….
    Said everyone after Tua’s concussion now let’s see what everyone says about Mr. Stafford…..

  5. Rams are done in 2022. No point in starting Stafford. He should sit a minimum of two games just as a precaution. Let the backup get some reps. Season is over.

  6. chickenbiscuit says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    It’s hard to understand if you’re an attorney who pretends to know more about medicine than actual doctors. The diagnosis is based is passing a series of tests. Pass the tests, you don’t have a concussion. Fail the tests and you do. Get hit again and you fail the tests, you have a concussion again….
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    I guess this means that you are a doctor who does know more about the subject.

    The discussion is about the Rams possible manipulation of the protocol, not necessarily whether Stafford actually has or has had a concussion. Unless the protocol is properly applied we will never know for sure.

  7. chickenbiscuit says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    It’s hard to understand if you’re an attorney who pretends to know more about medicine than actual doctors.
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    There are people who have medical and law degrees (author Michael Crichton for example). Some attorneys who practice in the medical malpractice and personal injury areas know as much medicine as some doctors.

  8. chickenbiscuit says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    It’s hard to understand if you’re an attorney who pretends to know more about medicine than actual doctors. The diagnosis is based is passing a series of tests. Pass the tests, you don’t have a concussion. Fail the tests and you do. Get hit again and you fail the tests, you have a concussion again. It’s not black and white like a broken arm that an x-ray can reveal.

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    Sounds black and white from your description. Fail any of the tests and go in the protocol, yes? The tests don’t take that long to administer. In fact, no other player has ever had to wait so long to be diagnosed one way or the other. Let alone the indecision happening twice and McVay refusing to call it a concussion last week.

  9. chickenbiscuit says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    It’s hard to understand if you’re an attorney who pretends to know more about medicine than actual doctors. The diagnosis is based is passing a series of tests. Pass the tests, you don’t have a concussion. Fail the tests and you do. Get hit again and you fail the tests, you have a concussion again. It’s not black and white like a broken arm that an x-ray can reveal.

    So does Stafford take the same tests from “Actual Doctors” as everyone else? If he does, why do the results take longer? Most of the time we know during the game or certainly by the next morning.

  10. chickenbiscuit says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    It’s hard to understand if you’re an attorney who pretends to know more about medicine than actual doctors. The diagnosis is based is passing a series of tests. Pass the tests, you don’t have a concussion. Fail the tests and you do. Get hit again and you fail the tests, you have a concussion again. It’s not black and white like a broken arm that an x-ray can reveal.

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    Why is this so difficult for you to understand.

    It’s black and white whether he’s passed the tests or not. That’s the point. I bet you felt really smart writing your little note, not understanding we all know how the tests work, that’s what we are talking about.

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