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Griffin still waiting to be cleared

Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:14 pm
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Blake Griffin met with doctors again Wednesday and even shot a little, but the Oklahoma star still has not been cleared to return to contact drills or live action, OU coach Jeff Capel told CBSSports.com late Wednesday night.

"Right now we still have no clue (if he'll play Saturday against Texas Tech)," Capel said by phone. "It takes time, and we're not going to do anything to rush it. We want him to be OK before he plays again or before we even put him in a position to practice with us again."

Griffin suffered a concussion in the first half of Saturday's loss at Texas, then missed Monday's loss at Kansas that dropped the Sooners' record to 25-3 overall, 11-2 in the Big 12. The 6-foot-10 sophomore is the overwhelming favorite to be the National Player of the Year and top pick in June's NBA Draft, but for now he's still sidelined with lingering effects from a freak mishap.

"He's getting better," Capel said. "But it's a slow process, and we don't want to speed it up."

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Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 11:03 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

Give me a break of that kit-kat bar! You must be a local or be in love with Blake to believe what you actually wrote. Its pretty commical though so thanks for the laugh!

It was a pretty weak blow,but it was a blow and he didnt seem the same after it so I'll give him that night off. The KU game he was hollering,bumping chests with team-mates,smacking hands, motivating Warren, but he was not in lala land. He no longer has a concussion and its getting pretty silly. I agree you take your time and dont rush somthing this potentially serious but Cole Aldrich got his nose broke and continued to play,never missed a game either. Not to mention he gets more rebounds and blocks than Griffin in Bib 12 play. So its time to suit up Blake the fake and play ball!

Heres to KU and another Big 12 title!

.....dime



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Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2009 10:48 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 10:08 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

If you believe Griffin didn't really get a concussion, what you are saying is he decided to be soft and take a few games off.  Now think about that.  His team is playing for a number one ranking in the nation, and first place in the conference.  He is personally playing for "player of the year" honors and a number one spot in the NBA draft.  So we can conclude he is playing a game he enjoys and his day to day performance can be a difference of millions of dollars.  And you think he is going to fake an injury and take a few games off??!!  Really, think about what you are saying!




Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2009 10:00 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared


100% agree.  I suffered a concussion in a basketball game and I suffered the same symptoms as Griffin.  I cannot fathom why anyone would think he wouldn't want to play.  The kid is so competitive that he practically had to be held back from going in the night he suffered the concussion.  I'd like him to sit out against Tech too to make sure he is OK for the rest of the year. 




Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 9:57 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

These are typical hater responses to the nations best player....the same kind of crap that people talked on Tebow, Hansborough, and Sam Bradford.  I even heard people questioning Adrian Peterson's toughness while he was at OU....So to all you who think that Griffin is a wuss or is faking or that there is some kind of definite conspiracy...grow up and be objective for once in you pathetic lives!




Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 9:41 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

As is usual in these comments, there is more "fan-think" than intelligent commentery.  As a physician and former athlete who suffered a couple concussions, let me explain.  A temporary loss of memory is frequently associated with a concussion.  So the athlete has no memory of a blow to the head.  There can also be minimal pain, especially early on.  The effect may be somewhat similar to drug intoxication in that the athleter thinks he is fine and wants to play, but those around him realize his behavior is not normal.  Following one of my concussions, I watched the game films with my coach.  Despite close observation , we never did see the blow or blows that caused it.  But I was amazed at some of my behaviors, such a running into the wrong teams huddle during a break.

The symptoms of a concussion can vary, depending on the direction from which the blow comes.  The brain, essentially floating in the skull, first crashes against the skull on the side of the blow, then recoils and bangs against the other side of the skull. (coup and contracoup injuries).  If the contusions are severe enough to cause generalized swelling of the brain, the symptoms become more generalized and severe, such as nausea and vomiting.

I realize enthusiasm usually trumps intellect in these postings, but it would be wise to google a subject and learn a little before putting your comments before the world to see. 




Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 8:45 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared


Many bar fights begin with a blow to the bridge of the nose. Doesn't have to be all that hard. But coming down from the bridge of nose with a downward movement utterly brings many dudes to the floor. This is one of the most painful shots you can receive. Results are bloody nose (which freaks some out), extreme pain, and a "woozy" feeling. This gives the person delivering the blow an extreme advantage and the fight usually doesn't last past this point.
Why are you talking 'bar fights' with 'punches' compared a college basketball game? Bad analogy.

but before you start calling a dude a wuss, maybe you should take one of these shots. If needed, I would be happy to deliver such an example. I GUARANTEE you will be taken away by your friends crying like a baby and will not be going to work for a few days.
I never stated he was a wuss. But I really didn't see a hard enough placed 'hit' to cause a concussion either. Now you're threatening me Kansas fan? :shivers in fear:

Futhermore, I believe Mr. Hansbrough took the same type of shot to his nose by a Dukie that resulted in a bloody, broken nose and Mr. "dent proof" was taken off the court whining like everyone else that takes this type of shot. Why do you think Hansdork was wearing a mask for a few games after that?
If you're referring to the flagrant flying elbow delivered by Henderson while Hansbrough was engaged with another player, then yeah. But I recall him jumping right up ready to go, nose exploded and gushing blood from being broken. He played the next game with a fitted mask to protect his crushed nose, not because he had any type of concussion. Comparing the violent shot Hans took to what Griffin did is not even close.

 


 




Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2009 7:41 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

No but apparently you are the only ignorant one that thinks tha concussions are not that big of a deal. I believe it was a player for the Texas Tech Lady Red Radiers that tried playing with a concussion over the weekend and ended up throwing up everytime she sat down on the bench and they ended up taking her to the hospital during half time. So concussion's are something to worry about. But I believe that you are just excited because now your weak team in a weak conference now has the chance to possibly get a higher seed in the tourn. Becuase truth be know that is the only way that your weak team will make it any further. Sorry to be honest with an ignorant person that I don't even know but the truth hurts.




Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2009 6:38 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

May I present Hansbrough to your conversation? He's been whacked, triple teamed, and blooded for 4 years now. I'm not comparing the two, but nobody has taken as much punishment the last three years than Hans. That guys a tank and he's dent proof.

 

Futhermore, I believe Mr. Hansbrough took the same type of shot to his nose by a Dukie that resulted in a bloody, broken nose and Mr. "dent proof" was taken off the court whining like everyone else that takes this type of shot. Yes, I know it was the end of the game anyway and he had to go to the locker room. Yes, he gets beat around because that's the way he plays and the guy that indicates that Griffin gets defended any harder than others is off his basketball watching rocker. Why do you think Hansdork was wearing a mask for a few games after that? Because it hurts, and even if it is just broken, if hit right causes exteme pain. The mask is to protect from getting hit again and causing further damage.

If he was "dent proof", why would he wear a mask?

But, at least you are a skins fan, so you are cool anyway. I will wear my John Riggins jersey today in your honor.




Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2009 6:13 am
 

Griffin still waiting to be cleared


Halo and skins, you have obviously no experience at fighting. I find this hard to believe if you say such stupid statements in public. Many bar fights begin with a blow to the bridge of the nose. Doesn't have to be all that hard. But coming down from the bridge of nose with a downward movement utterly brings many dudes to the floor. This is one of the most painful shots you can receive. Results are bloody nose (which freaks some out), extreme pain, and a "woozy" feeling. This gives the person delivering the blow an extreme advantage and the fight usually doesn't last past this point.

Griffin's main injury occurred when we turned for a baseline shot. Pittman on Texas had is arm extended and as Griffin jumped the combination of him rising and Pittman's hand out resulted in a glancing blow to the bridge of the nose. Whether you call it a concussion or not, I have seen many take days to recover. There are many pro athletes that get a "concussion" and don't play the next game or two, even pro football players that only play once a week.

I am a Kansas fan. I don't really care for Oklahoma, but before you start calling a dude a wuss, maybe you should take one of these shots. If needed, I would be happy to deliver such an example. I GUARANTEE you will be taken away by your friends crying like a baby and will not be going to work for a few days.

But, of course, you are entitled to your opinion and if sitting at home saying stupid remarks makes you man-up in your mind, go for it.



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