Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Sports

Concussions striking QBs

Next week's Monday Night Football showcase could feature a quarterback matchup of journeyman Jason Campbell of the Bears vs. untested Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers. Not exactly the creme de la creme of the NFC.

Why? Concussions.

Chicago's Jay Cutler and San Francisco's Alex Smith, whose teams will meet on ESPN, both stayed in Sunday's games for several plays after what appeared to be head-rattling hits. Smith even threw a TD pass while playing with blurred vision, coach Jim Harbaugh said.

"It's a reminder that you've got to err on the side of caution," said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, who was not familiar with the particulars of Sunday's injuries. "The question that I would ask is: Why did Mr. Smith not report this to his team physician, and say, 'Hey, I've got blurred vision, is that a problem?' … We have to educate the medical teams to be really conservative."

The league looked into both cases — and Philadelphia's Michael Vick, the third quarterback concussed Sunday — and was satisfied that proper protocol was followed. Vick was diagnosed with a "pretty significant" concussion, the Eagles said.

BILLS: Running back Fred Jackson is out with a concussion, suffered Sunday against the Patriots. New England linebacker Brandon Spikes delivered the hit, flexed his arm, then yapped at Jackson and several teammates late in the fourth quarter. "Yeah, he'll get his," running back Tashard Choice said Monday. "I don't like to see nobody get hurt, and then on top of that (Spikes) making fun of him while he's on the ground."

BRONCOS: An MRI exam on pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil's left shoulder showed no tear. Coach John Fox said the injury was a muscle strain. … The league said Trindon Holliday's 76-yard punt return against Carolina should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown. Replays showed Holliday prematurely celebrating by flipping the ball before he crossed the goal line.

CHIEFS: Defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) went on injured reserve and defensive back Neiko Thorpe was added.

JAGUARS: They signed former linebacker Greg Jones. Jacksonville now has two players named Greg Jones; the linebacker joins the fullback, a nine-year veteran out of Florida State.

PACKERS: Starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip) was placed on injured reserve.

PANTHERS: Special teams coordinator Brian Murphy was fired and assistant special teams coach Richard Rodgers was promoted to coordinator.

STEELERS: Rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, a fourth-round draft choice, was released without playing a game. He was suspended two weeks without pay last month following a run-in with police. Receiver David Gilreath was added to the 53-man roster.

TEXANS: Defensive line coach Bill Kollar didn't return from Chicago with the team because of a possible blood clot. He missed Sunday's game at the Bears after experiencing shortness of breath; a team trainer sent him to a hospital.

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