UPDATE: September 12 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
It's official. Devery Henderson has been diagnosed with a concussion. The news comes from interim head coach Aaron Kromer (via New Orleans Times-Picayune's Mike Triplett):
#Saints Kromer: DE McBride (ankle) DNP, Patrick (leg) DNP, D. Henderson (concussion (DNP). Shanle limited. Greer full.— Mike Triplett (@TripTP) September 12, 2012
Bad news for Henderson and the Saints, as concussions in football or any other aspect of life can be a very scary injury.
Luckily for the Saints' wide receiver, he doesn't have any history of concussion problems and New Orleans must wait until he is fully recovered to put him back on the playing field. His status for the Saints' Week 2 tilt with Carolina is very much in doubt.
Stay tuned for updates on his progress.
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Sports Network reported the following (via Fox News):
Following an 11-yard reception in the third quarter, Henderson's only one of the game, he was hit hard by DeAngelo Hall and Madieu Williams.
Henderson stayed on the ground for a few minutes before he sat up and walked to the sidelines with the aid of trainers.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall also hit Henderson from behind, and he immediately let go of the ball after taking the contact.
The 30-year-old is a Louisiana native who was a second-round pick out of LSU in 2004. He has spent all seven seasons of his career with the Saints.
Yahoo! Sports’ Les Carpenter noticed an unusual reaction during the incident and shared it via Twitter.
something I don't think I have ever seen before: one of the officials clapped as Devery Henderson was helped up— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) September 9, 2012
This type of hit happens all too often in the NFL and the regular officials have seen similar injuries happen time and time again. For a replacement referee, seeing the sheer force of the contact on a play like this up close is surely a shocking experience.
Watching someone take that type of impact just a few yards away is gut-wrenching for someone not used to the size and speed of the players in the NFL. The referee was likely overcome with relief that Henderson was able to stand up after the hit.
The crowd and the television viewers shared the feeling, and updates on Henderson’s condition going forward can be found on this page.