Over the last couple of years concussions have become a major issue throughout the league. The league has made it clear that they are trying to crack down to reduce concussions. As a result, the league has installed certain rules to help minimize concussions. The players are required to pass certain medical tests in order to return to the game if they sustain any type of dizziness. If a player is suffering from symptoms of a concussion, than from my understanding the player is not allowed to return to the game. The Philadelphia Eagles may want to revisit those rules after they allowed a player to return on two separate occasions.
Kevin Kolb went down with an injury after Clay Matthews ran down Kolb from behind. Kolb’s head was driven into the ground and came up favoring his jaw area. Kolb would return to finish off the first half, but we were informed that he would not return for the second half because of a concussion. This is the center piece of your team so if they knew Kolb was suffering from a concussion than he should not have returned.
Shortly after Kolb was hit, MLB Stewart Bradley went down like a boxer that was KO’d. It was really tough to watch that. Sure enough, two plays later Bradley was remarkably put back into the game. I could not believe that Bradley returned just two plays after the way he went to the ground. If this was 10 years ago, Bradley would have stayed in the game and continued to play despite the risky health issues. Bradley finished out the half and did not return the 2nd half. His status for next week is questionable.
It is not quite clear yet if the Eagles violated the new rules regarding brain injuries, but they stomped all over the spirits to protect the players. I understand the players want to play and fight for their team but this is a serious issue. I am sure the Eagles will be getting call from the league questioning why the players were put back into danger after such injuries. This could have turned out much worse if the players were to receive another hit. The NFL takes this issue very serious so it should be interesting to see what comes out of this situation.