Posts Tagged ‘Concussion’

More details have emerged about why the Philadelphia 76ers were so careful managing Joel Embiid‘s latest injury.

Embiid had multiple fractures in his orbital bone, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Given it was the second time he suffered damage to that part of his face – it happened when he played at Kansas in 2013-14 – the doctors determined he has a high risk of reinjury, so the 76ers spent 10 days developing a protective mask that would withstand the physicality of an NBA game.

“(The Sixers) did everything possible,” Embiid told Shelburne. “They were like throwing stuff at it to make sure it could withstand it.”

The big man’s agent, Leon Rose, even consulted with Richard Hamilton, the former NBA star most well known for playing with a mask, for tips on adapting to the facewear.

“(Hamilton) told us it’ll get better because you’ll feel more protected,” Embiid said.

The All-Star suffered an orbital fracture to the bone around his left eye and a concussion on March 28 when he collided with teammate Markelle Fultz. He missed the final eight games of the regular season and the first two games of the postseason, playing in Game 3 after expressing frustration over being “babied” in an Instagram post.

The 24-year-old Cameroonian posted 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in his playoff debut in Thursday’s Game 3. The Miami Heatdidn’t go easy on Embiid, sending him to the free-throw line 11 times and even trying to break his mask in Philadelphia’s 128-108 win, which gave the Sixers a 2-1 series lead.

Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 63 games as a sophomore in the healthiest year of his pro career. He was sidelined for two full years due to foot injuries after being drafted No. 3 in 2014, and was limited to 31 games in his rookie campaign.

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Rick Nash has revealed the true nature of his injury, as the Boston Bruins forward informed the media he has been sidelined with a concussion that forced him to miss the past 10 games.

The team previously described Nash’s ailment as an upper-body injury.

Nash skated Saturday but won’t play against the Ottawa Senators. The possibility remains he could dress for Sunday’s season finale versus the Florida Panthers. The veteran forward is optimistic he’ll be ready to return for the opening round of the postseason.

The Bruins acquired Nash from the New York Rangers at this year’s trade deadline, and paid a heavy price to do so, parting with first- and seventh-round picks, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and defenseman Ryan Lindgren.

Nash has suited up for 11 games with the Bruins, in which he has potted three goals and three assists. His last appearance came March 17.

The Vegas Golden Knights have their No. 1 netminder back, as the team activated Marc-Andre Fleury off injured reserve Sunday.

Fleury’s missed the last 25 games for the Knights since being placed on IR with a concussion Oct. 14.

Prior to the injury, the 33-year-old vet was feeling it. He went 3-1-0 along with a 2.48 goals-against average and .925 save percentage for an upstart Vegas club that’s used five different goalies so far this season.

In a corresponding roster move, the Knights sent goaltender Maxime Lagace to their AHL affiliate in Chicago. Across 14 games for Vegas, Lagace performed admirably, registering a 6-6-1 record.

The team has yet to announce whether Fleury will man the blue paint when Vegas hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

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.”

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.