Michael Vick Has a Concussion, No Matter What NBC Wants You to Think

Brendan O'Hare@brendohareContributor ISeptember 20, 2011

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles heads off the field after being injured against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Let me briefly comment on something that has been commented on countless times :Michael Vick's concussion. Only, I would like to approach this from a different angle, one that the brilliant minds at The Concussion Blog noticed. Vick's injury was noticeable to the average viewer, especially after Vick showed consumption-like symptoms when he shot blood out of his mouth (not as cool as it sounds).

Somehow, announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, usually two of the more astute announcing minds (especially in an industry that includes Matt Millen), did not pick up on this, only alluding to the unavoidable fact that Vick was shooting blood out of his mouth. Michele "Not Suzy Kolber" Tafoya eventually "revealed" to America that Vick had "bit his tongue", you know, the way a baby learning how to bite would. When Vick was whisked away into the locker room for biting his tongue, it was eventually revealed that Vick had a "neck injury".

Only problem is, replay clearly showed that the injury occurred when went face-first into a fellow teammate, inducing serious whiplash normally found in, well, concussions.. A "neck injury" sort of implies that he had been shanked by a piece of scrap metal when he hit the ground. The fact that announcers/sideline statuettes are so passive at diagnosing obvious concussions (when they are so willing to diagnose anything else, despite the proper medical qualifications), perhaps goes back to the headquarters of the NFL. As The Concussion Blog correctly points out, we perceive "concussion" as a scary word, filled with connotations to little kids failing head first off the slide and Brett Favre ending his career hitting the Soldier Field concrete. Sunday Night Football, obviously, is run by the NFL. To suggest that perhaps they sent a brief message into the broadcasting booth, saying "Don't "over-exaggerate" (their quotations, not mine) this injury, as he is the cornerstone of league's future, and we need him playing next week".

NBC missed out on an opportunity to go over the new concussion guidelines, and how Vick would have to be immediately removed from the game. Unfortunately, it turned into a stammer-fest where the winner was given a new anatomy coloring book. The NFL should be upset with the miscommunication, but they won't be, because they don't give a damn about player safety. Just ask the litany of former players who were never given the proper benefits when they retired and subsequently blew their heads off.

It's a freaking hypocrisy, and everyone is invited.