Quarterback Brady Quinn’s second chance was a long-time coming and the allure of getting his career on track was enough for him to ignore a serious injury. The incident further underscores a need for better education of players and coaches about head injuries.
According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Quinn ignored the signs of a concussion and stayed in the game despite suffering from a loss of vision. Quinn was first hit in the head by Oakland Raiders’ linebacker Philip Wheeler and would take additional hits by Lamarr Houston and Rolando McClain before finally coming off the field.
Romeo Crennel said Quinn didn’t inform the team of blurred vision until after he was taken out of the game (via Teicher). It was Quinn’s teammates who alerted the coaching staff that Quinn wasn’t right according to Crennel.
The Chiefs took the right steps to protect Quinn, but concussion symptoms are not always apparent from the sideline. Quinn made a poor decision to stay in the game and was willing to talk about it, but there are probably countless other players that never inform the medical staff for fear of losing their jobs.
It’s probably a step in the right direction that players alerted the team of Quinn’s injury and it’s that type of education that will help make the game safer. Having an independent concussion expert on the sideline of every game would also be a good step, but the players are going to be the first step in prevention and diagnosis.
The players need to play safer, be smarter about their own health and protect teammates who fail to protect themselves. The NFL can help by continuing to educate the players about the serious consequences of ignoring head trauma.
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