Colt McCoy Is Still Concussed: Why the NFL Has Some Explaining to Do

Brendan O'HareContributor IDecember 21, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns lays on the ground while speaking to athletic trainers after a helmet to helmet hit from James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Colt McCoy is still unable to practice after suffering an untreated concussion, and the Cleveland Browns still haven't been punished.

Can someone explains me how this makes sense? James Harrison, the person who made McCoy's brain bleed, was suspended for a game. It was a violent, blatant helmet-to-helmet hit, enough to make a viewer's head hurt from empathy. It caused Roger Goodell to go into Harrison Defcon 1 Mode, and his roving band of belligerent constables came down hard on the Pittsburgh linebacker.

The one problem is that the Browns aren't being punished for allowing McCoy to continue to play after he was essentially hit by a Ford Explorer. He wasn't checked or anything, and McCoy's dad rightfully was outraged after he came out for only two plays:

"He was basically out [cold] after the hit. You could tell by the rigidity of his body as he was laying there. There were a lot of easy symptoms that should've told them he had a concussion. He was nauseated and he didn't know who he was. From what I could see, they didn't test him for a concussion on the sidelines. They looked at his [left] hand."

Where were the referees/epidemiologists when all this happened? Did their plastic stethoscopes stop working? The NFL's answer to this ridiculous mental lapse is to put a certified trainer in the press box to help monitor head injuries.

How does this solve anything? Is Roger Goodell that oblivious? Wouldn't it make more sense to, you know, have that person on the field so the possibly biased team trainers aren't influenced by the absurd machismo of the staff that wants the delirious player to return to the field?

If the NFL wasn't run by stone-faced cyborgs maybe something would get done, and the NFL wouldn't resemble the WWE in terms of caring about its employees.

Common sense would say that the NFL should have league-employed trainers on each team's sidelines, free of the partiality that keeps the players in the game. But the NFL doesn't think like Thomas Paine, and is instead inclined to make "reform" that only serve as a nice headline.

This sounds nice, right? "A certified trainer will now be in the press box to help monitor head injuries."

Seems nice if you look at it mindlessly.

But it's just another way the NFL gets around ever having to do anything of real importance on the issue of concussions and allows the NFL to still be violent and profitable.

The Browns, somehow, have gotten out of the whole thing sans punishment, which further illustrates how little the NFL cares about its players. If Roger Goodell or whoever makes these decision gave even a crap about anyone, the Browns would be fined five digits for neglecting an employee whose brain was rattling around its skill.

The Browns were void of ethics or morals when they neglected to give McCoy real care, and the NFL faulted when they didn't punish the Browns for their inaction. But that just seems commonplace in today's NFL, doesn't it?