Rodney Harrison Suggests Josh Freeman Is Faking Concussion Injury
The Minnesota Vikings announced on Tuesday they would be sticking with new quarterback Josh Freeman despite a disastrous Week 7 debut, but just a day later, the struggling quarterback was diagnosed with a concussion.
NFL analyst and former safety Rodney Harrison isn't buying it.
In an interview with The Amani & Eytan Show on NBC Sports Radio, Harrison stated that he believes Freeman doesn't really have a concussion:
I can't say that I believe that he has a concussion. I can't say that I'm 100 percent sold out. I'm not trying to doubt the seriousness of his injury, if he has one, but it just seems like a convenient excuse to get out of a situation. That's what it seems like. [...]
I played safety at a high level for a long time and I was bangin' and I never missed a game because of a concussion, so it just seems like an excuse to me.
After finally breaking away from an unhealthy relationship with Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this season, Freeman signed with the Vikes near the beginning of October.
Just over two weeks later, he made his first start with the team—and it went just about as horribly as could possibly be imagined.
Going up against the winless New York Giants on national television on Monday Night Football, Freeman completed 20-of-53 throws for 190 yards (3.58 YPA) and an interception, looking painfully inaccurate in the ugly loss.
The timing of Freeman's concussion (according to Ross Tucker of Sporting News, he suffered the injury in the third quarter on Monday but didn't say anything until Wednesday) is somewhat bizarre—especially when you consider the entire situation—but making assumptions about the validity of a serious injury crosses the line.
With everything we've learned about concussions, and the precautions the league has increasingly taken to treat them, it's better just to play it safe than to point fingers and cook up conspiracy theories.
Minnesota hosts the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 before traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in Week 9. Christian Ponder is expected to draw the start against the Packers if Freeman is unable to go.
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