Tag:concussions
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:33 pm
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Denard Robinson should be 'good to go' Saturday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It just wouldn't be a normal week in the college football world if we didn't have to wonder what the status of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was for the coming weekend.  Robinson had to leave Michigan's video game triple-overtime victory over Illinois during the third quarter on Saturday, and experienced concussion-like symptoms.  Robinson had a headache and was dizzy, so Michigan trainers felt it best to keep him out of the rest of the game, and Tate Forcier filled in admirably to lead the Wolverines to a victory.

But what about this Saturday's game against Purdue?  

Well, Rich Rodriguez did his best to avoid the word concussion during his news conference on Monday, but did say that Robinson should be "good to go" after going through tests on Sunday.

"All's good," Rodriguez said. "There are no issues."

Which means that Robinson is likely going to start against Purdue on Saturday, break off a big run, take a hit, and then have to leave the game.  Then next Monday or Tuesday we'll be writing the same post here again about Robinson's status for the game against Ohio State.  So I guess we'll see you then!
Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Randy Shannon doubts Jacory will play this week

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, it's another day of the week, which means it's time for your daily update on Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

Harris got knocked out of the Hurricanes' loss to Virginia last week -- and if you haven't seen the hit, feel free to check it out -- and freshman Stephen Morris was taking snaps with the first team in practice this week.  Still, the possibility of Harris returning to play against Maryland hasn't been completely ruled out.

On Wednesday Randy Shannon said that Morris will start, as Harris was held out of practice again, but he could play if he's able to return to practice on Thursday.  Though Shannon doesn't seem too confident that's what will happen.

Shannon said that he "doubts [Harris] plays this week" and that there's a 75% chance that he won't. 

Which means that Morris will be making his first career start against a Maryland team that has played surprisingly well so far this season.  Though, to be fair, the Terps are 3-1 in the conference with those wins coming against Duke, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Not exactly the best the ACC has to offer.  Though, considering how poorly the Hurricanes played last week after Harris left the game, this trip to Miami may not be that much tougher.

Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:08 pm
 

Dan Persa should play against Penn State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa has done just about everything for the Wildcats this season.  Not only does Persa rank second in the country in completion percentage (74.4%) and ninth in pass efficiency (162.7) but he also leads Northwestern in rushing with 360 yards.  Without Persa, the Wildcats aren't 6-2 and on their way back to another bowl game under Pat Fitzgerald.

There was some concern that Northwestern would have to take on Penn State this weekend without its lynchpin on offense, as Persa suffered a concussion during a win against Indiana last week.  According to Fitzgerald, though, there's no reason to worry as he "fully expects him to play" this weekend.  Still, before it can be made official, Persa will have to pass Northwestern's "post-concussion protocol" which is a series of tests he'll need to pass before being cleared.

The team plans on having him participate in non-contact drills on Tuesday and hopes to have him cleared to play on Thursday.

Persa may have some extra motivation to play this weekend as well, as he grew up a fan of Penn State only a few hours away from campus, and his mom graduated from the school.  When he was in high school the Nittany Lions didn't show much attention to him, so he may want to give them a hint on what they missed out on.

Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Jacory Harris' status up in the air

Posted by Tom Fornelli



Seriously, seeing that hit again leaves me feeling woozy.  Jacory Harris suffered a concussion on Saturday on that very play, which leaves his status for this week a bit up in the air.  Obviously, my philosophy -- one I've stated here around 5,000 times already -- with concussions is that any player who suffers one should sit out at least a week, maybe more depending on the severity.  Unfortunately, I don't have any actual say in the matter, and even if I did, I'd be too scared to tell Randy Shannon because Randy Shannon could beat me up.

Still, considering how the hit looked, I think it's more than likely that Harris will be not be starting for Miami when it takes on Maryland this weekend.  As for whether or not he'll miss any more time than that, Shannon isn't sure.

"Too early to tell," Shannon told the Miami Herald. "Our medical staff does such a wonderful job evaluating the whole big picture. It wasn't, `Let's check his head.' They did a thorough exam of everything: neck, head, shoulder, back, hip, arms -- everything. Anytime you have a hit like that, safety is the most important thing.''

Shannon went on to say that if Harris can't play this weekend, Stephen Morris will get the start in his place. Morris replaced Spencer Whipple on Saturday after Whipple struggled in place of Harris.  Shannon also said that should Morris have to start against Maryland, he'll be working with a stripped-down playbook.

Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:10 pm
 

Robert Bolden likely out against Michigan

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday JoePa said that if he had to guess , Robert Bolden wouldn't be playing this weekend against Michigan.   Today his mom said the same thing.

It doesn't look like the Penn State quarterback will be playing this week, a week after suffering a concussion during a win against Minnesota.   Bolden is supposed to undergo tests on Wednesday to see if he has recovered from the concussion, but his mother says that he failed the same test on Sunday, and her son won't be on the field this week.

"He really wants to play against Michigan -- his heart is just going to be really broken," Tonya McNeal told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "He failed that concussion test, which is not good.

"I think it's best for him if they sit him down this week. Hopefully, he can play next week [against Northwestern]."

Which is the right decision to make for Bolden, so hopefully no matter what the results say of Bolden's test on Wednesday, Joe Paterno will heed the advice of his mother.  She always knows best, after all.

Since Bolden won't be playing this week, that means either Matt McGloin -- who replaced Bolden against Minnesota -- or Kevin Newsome will get the start against the Wolverines.  Both have been taking snaps with the first team this week.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Paterno not sure who his starting QB will be

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Michigan Wolverines may know who they will have lining up under center against Penn State this weekend, the same cannot be said for the Nittany Lions.  Robert Bolden suffered a concussion during Penn State's victory over Minnesota last week and had to be replaced by former walk-on Matt McGloin.

As of now Bolden's status for Penn State's game against Michigan is up in the air, as Joe Paterno is still waiting to see what the doctors have to say about Bolden.  Still, if you're going to force him to give you an answer, he's guessing Bolden won't be ready.

"[The medical staff] tested him Sunday and he still had memory problems," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "They are going to test him again [Wednesday}.

"But, if you ask me, if I had to guess, he won't be able to make it. I don't want to take any chances. I just don't know."

It's nice to see that Paterno doesn't want to take any chances with a freshman quarterback coming off of a concussion.  Personally I don't care what the doctors tell me, if I'm Bolden's coach, he's getting a week off.  The question is who will replace him?  McGloin took over for Bolden on Saturday and threw a couple of touchdowns, but he only completed 6-of-13 passes and also threw an interception.

Which is probably why he's sharing snaps with Kevin Newsome in practice this week.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 1:43 pm
 

SEC joins helmet-to-helmet crusade

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The biggest story in the NFL over the past couple of weeks -- and as many would argue as the health risks become clearer and clearer, the league's biggest story for the coming decade -- has been the sudden rash of vicious helmet-to-helmet hits and Roger Goodell 's subsequent crackdown on the perpetrators via suspension.

As connected at the hip as major college football and the NFL have been for years, it's no wonder that it's only taken a matter of days for the anti-helmet-to-helmet crusade to trickle down to the college ranks. First conference up is the SEC , and the first (Second, rather; see below--ed. ) player suspended is ... drumroll please ... courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger 's Brandon Marcello ...



Mississippi State 's Chris Hughes ! It's not exactly a blow to the Bulldogs' chances against Kentucky this weekend (Hughes is a freshman backup who ranks 26th on State's roster in tackles this season) but that the SEC stepped in this quickly, and following a game where State's opponent came from outside the conference, shows that the league is making some level of commitment to cleaning up any wayward headhunting.

Of course, it's also easy to make that commitment in the wake of the NFL's high-profile decisions, and even easier to pick out an obscure backup linebacker at Mississippi State for punishment. When the SEC suspends one if its all-conference performers for a game with a divisonal title on the line, that's when we'll know their statement on player safety is serious.

UPDATE: Hughes is actually the second player suspended by the SEC in the past four days; South Carolina 's Rodney Paulk missed the first half of the Gamecocks' win over Vanderbilt after a last-minute decision from the league office.


Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last month during a win over SMU, TCU head coach Gary Patterson was caught on camera yelling at a trainer on the sidelines.  Turns out that Patterson wasn't very fond of the trainer's decision to hold running back Ed Wesley out of the game with what he diagnosed as a concussion.  Well that trainer was the team's head physician, and during an interview with American Medical News , he gave us a better idea of what went down on that sideline.

"He was knocked unconscious, and any loss of consciousness is automatically considered a concussion," said Dr. Samuel J. Haraldson. "He had an unsteady gait and a few memory problems.

"Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn't think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out,"

Haraldson says that after TCU had taken control of the game, Patterson did come over and offer what he termed a "pseudo-apology."  Of course, a few days later Patterson told ESPN Dallas that as far as he was concerned, Wesley "was fine ten minutes after he got hurt."

It's a problem that isn't just taking place at TCU, either.  Coaches throughout the country are under more pressure to win football games than ever before, and treating concussions so carefully is a new thing in football because we're only know becoming aware of what kind of damage they can do.  Just look at Arkansas, where even though Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion last week against Auburn, he's back practicing and is likely going to play again this Saturday.

That's a decision based on winning football games, not Mallett's personal well-being.

These are supposed to be student -athletes, after all, who aren't being paid to play at the school.  Instead they're being rewarded with a free education, which doesn't mean much if you can't remember anything you learned because your coach is rushing you back onto the field following a concussion.
Hat tip: Doc Saturday
 
 
 
 
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