Eagles made questionable calls on concussions

Just like the symptoms of the concussions Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley suffered on Sunday in the loss by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Green Bay Packers, questions linger as to why those players were allowed to remain on the field.

Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer examines the issues this morning. Both players were injured during the second quarter. Bradley had a major collision with teammate Ernie Sims. He got up and stumbled a few steps before going face down in the turf. The team announced he had a jaw injury before he returned to the action.

Kolb was run down from behind by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. He fumbled and landed face-first. Kolb was slow to get up but eventually he started throwing warmup passes on the sideline.

When the third quarter started, the Eagles announced both players were out for the remainder of the game with concussions. It was apparent something was seriously wrong with Bradley when he went down.

Before we go any further, it’s important to note that the players play an important role in this process. They need to admit there is something wrong. They’re also culpable in this. Had either player suffered a second blow to the head, they could be in much worse condition today than they are. The Eagles should know better after dealing with running back Brian Westbrook, who suffered two concussions last season, the second more serious than the first.

"They were fine," Eagles coach Andy Reid said following the game, according to Sheridan. "All the questions that they answered and the things they did with the docs registered well. As it went on, they weren't feeling well so we took them out."

Bradley and Kolb were off limits to the press afterward. Safety Quintin Mikell summed up the role the player plays in the process pretty well.

“He wants to be out there with us," Mikell said of Bradley, who missed all last season with a knee injury. "He was fighting it, but at a certain point, it can't be in our hands to make that decision. Because if it was up to us, we would go out there and kill ourselves to play. And that's what we want around here. We're warriors."

As Sheridan writes, it’s impossible to determine if the Eagles made any moves they should not have. But common sense would suggest both players should have been better evaluated in the locker room at halftime before being allowed back on the field. As it was, the Eagles made the right moves at halftime.

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