Greg McElroy Reportedly Hid Concussion from Jets Coaches and Trainers

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets walks on the sidelines during a game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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If you think there is a lot of turmoil in the New York Jets' locker room now, imagine how much there would have been had Greg McElroy refused to tell coaches about his concussion symptoms. 

According to ESPN's Jane McManus, the second-year quarterback almost did just that, as he hid his symptoms for the better part of this week:

The New York Jets' coaching staff didn't know Greg McElroy had been experiencing concussion symptoms this week.

His teammates did.

According to several players McElroy confided in, the quarterback had been wrestling for days with the decision to tell the Jets' medical staff of his symptoms.

McElroy, according to the report, confided in wide receiver Clyde Gates and offensive lineman Matt Slauson, who both have suffered concussions in the past. 

Gates told McElroy to divulge the information to the Jets' higher-ups while Slauson revealed that he had worked through a past concussion without telling anyone. 

Thankfully, McElroy finally approached trainers with his symptoms, and it was then when head coach Rex Ryan declared Mark Sanchez would start in his place on Sunday. 

There has been endless talk about who—between Sanchez, McElroy and Tim Tebow—should be starting under center for New York, and as such, a lot of pressure resides on all three players.

It's understandable that McElroy, who was described as a "warrior" by Slauson, would want to play through the pain, but it's important to remember what's at stake here.

Playing through a concussion has the potential to negatively impact a player for the rest of his life, and it's something that probably happens too often in sports.

This had the potential to be a devastating story if McElroy had tried to play on Sunday, but fortunately for his safety, he, Rex Ryan and the rest of the Jets made the right decision on the one that truly mattered.