Posts Tagged ‘Concussion’

Myles Garrett may be ushering in a new era of NFL players who think about their future when it comes to concussions.

The Cleveland Browns star defensive end said he was hesitant to report concussion symptoms after suffering a head injury in a Week 7 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, after considering what it might mean for his future, Garrett did the right thing and brought the symptoms to his team’s attention.

“It doesn’t really bother me what other people say, whether I’m being a man or not,” Garrett said Tuesday after being cleared from concussion protocol, according to Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal. “I want to have kids one day, and I want to be able to take care of them how I see fit.

“I don’t want to be constricted by my playing and how football has affected my mind. I’ll play through anything. I’ll play through my foot, my arm, anything that’s affecting me below my neck, because I can’t play around with my brain.”

Garrett, who missed Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London, said he didn’t experience any of the symptoms – which include loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness, and nausea – during the game. Family members noticed he was acting oddly that night.

“I did (hesitate) because I really wanted to play,” he said. “I didn’t want to have something like that be a hindrance to me or my team, so once I still felt it that second day, so on Tuesday, I really felt like I should say something.

“You can deal with a thumb or an arm or a back or a leg. But messing with your mind and allowing those kind of things to carry on, that can do harm for a long time.”

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Face to face with a crisis in the crease, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee isn’t willing to make a move out of desperation.

The expansion Knights have lost three goaltenders to injury, not even one full month into their inaugural season. Marc-Andre Fleury has a concussion, while Malcolm Subban and Oscar Dansk have each suffered lower-body injuries, forcing little-known rookie Maxime Lagace into a starting role.

Still, McPhee said Thursday he isn’t willing to broker a deal for additional help, according Steve Carp of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“We’ll ride it out with who we have,” he said.

Despite the slew of injuries, Vegas’ goaltending has actually been a strong point so far, as the Golden Knights rank eighth in the NHL with a team save percentage of .929 at 5-on-5.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion, the team announced Sunday.

Fleury took a bump to the head during Friday’s loss to Detroit, but remained in goal for the duration of the game.

He did not practice Saturday, and there’s no timetable for his return. Fleury previously suffered a concussion in 2016, forcing him to miss the final month of the season and most of the playoffs.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was placed in the concussion protocol and did not return to Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kuechly left the game after slamming into the arm of Eagles guard Brandon Brooks and ran to the locker room shortly thereafter. This marks the third concussion in as many years for Kuechly, who missed nine games over the past two seasons as a result.

“The only thing I can tell you is that he’s in the protocol,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said post-game. “I don’t know anything other than that.”

The 26-year-old has been named to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013. It would be a significant loss for the Panthers’ defense if Keuchly misses any extended time, as he and Thomas Davis have been the team’s anchor on that side of the ball over the past five seasons.

Kuechly has emerged as arguably the NFL’s most well-rounded linebacker, excelling in coverage and run support, while showing a cerebral ability to diagnose plays at the line of scrimmage that is second to none.

Prior to leaving the game, Kuechly recorded four tackles and a quarterback hit.

David Mayo will likely be inserted into the starting lineup in Kuechly’s absence.

The Panthers lost 28-23 to the Eagles.

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“It’s been an interesting few months for me to say the least.”

That’s how Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo began an open letter posted on the team’s website in which he thanked all those who reached out during his time away from the ice and shed some light on the illness that forced him to be hospitalized and miss the end of the regular season.

It all started, Okposo explained, with a hard bump from a routine hit in practice, and climaxed following a game against the Florida Panthers on March 27, his last of the season.

Okposo had been losing sleep, and, after being removed from the lineup for a game the next night due to a lack of appetite, went to the hospital with the hope that doctors could help him get some rest.

He was given sleep medication that caused a negative reaction – including continued lack of sleep and rapid weight loss – and was later admitted to the Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Buffalo General in order to be stabilized.

After prioritizing time with family following his release, he’s now on the road back to the Sabres’ lineup, beginning with a stint in this summer’s Da Beauty League.

I’ve worked with a lot of different people – concussion experts and people who have dealt with concussions themselves – and I feel confident in the fact that I can play hockey again. In fact, I know I can play again.

I know I can play and not worry about hitting my head, which is a major hurdle for someone who’s dealt with this. If I didn’t feel 100 percent right now, that probably wouldn’t be the case.

Okposo added he feels great after playing in the Minnesota-based summer league, and can’t wait to get back to Buffalo to begin preparing for the team’s first season under new general manager Jason Botterill and new head coach Phil Housley.

The whole ordeal, however, has changed his outlook on his place in the game.

Dealing with an injury like this can change your perspective on life. It makes you evaluate what’s truly important. Hockey, of course, is extremely important to me. It’s my job, and it’s what I’ve done my whole life. But in saying that, I also don’t want hockey to define me as a person. I want to be somebody who is known as a good person first and foremost.

Okposo has six years remaining on his contract with the Sabres, and will carry a salary cap hit of $6 million through to the end of 2022-23.

NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby said Wednesday he did not pay attention to those questioning whether he should continue playing hockey after suffering another concussion during the playoffs.

Crosby was too focused on capturing another Stanley Cup for his Pittsburgh Penguins to worry about outside opinions on his health.

”I don’t really read or listen to that stuff during the playoffs,” Crosby told reporters at his annual hockey camp in his hometown of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia.

Crosby has suffered multiple concussions during his career, including one during Game 3 of the second round against Washington in May. He missed one game before returning for Game 5, prompting questions about whether he should consider retirement.

The Penguins went on to win a second straight Cup, defeating the Nashville Predators in the final.

Crosby said he understands why concussions generate so much controversy.

”It’s a hot topic,” he said. ”That’s the nature of it right now.”

He said more information on how to deal with head injuries is becoming available all the time.

”You have to continue to listen to your body to make sure before you go back that you’re good to go,” he said. ”There’s things in place to help with that.”

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally addressed his wife’s claim that he suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.

During an interview on “CBS This Morning” that aired on May 17, Gisele Bundchen said Brady suffered a concussion during the 2016 campaign but played through it. Bundchen’s comments were considered controversial in large part due to the fact that the Patriots never listed Brady with a concussion on the team’s injury report.

Brady, however, was listed on the report several times with knee and thigh ailments.

The Patriots’ superstar spoke to ESPN’s “E:60” Sunday about the concussion claim, but avoided explicitly mentioning whether he indeed suffered the injury.

“She’s there every day. I mean, we go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I’m sore, she knows when I’m tired, she knows when I get hit. We drive home together (from games). But, she also knows how well I take care of myself. She’s a very concerned wife and very loving,” Brady said, via John Breech of CBS Sports.

Despite Bundchen’s concerns about Brady’s long-term health, the quarterback says she supports his desire to play well into his mid-forties.

“She’ll support me as long as I continue to want to play,” Brady said. “She’s like my mom, the two of them together sitting next to each other in the suite watching me get hit all day, I’m sure it’s not fun, but they know how well I take care of myself, too.”

It may never be known whether Brady suffered a concussion, but it remains clear that the quarterback is undeterred by the perils of professional football and aims to lead the Patriots well into the next decade, with a host of teams looking to dethrone the reigning champions.