Reid defends staff after misdiagnoses

PHILADELPHIA — When Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley staggered then toppled Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, there was an easy assumption: Something was wrong.

"It's hard to imagine him coming back into this game in light of what we just saw," said Troy Aikman, the former Cowboys quarterback who has had multiple concussions and was calling the Eagles-Packers game for Fox.

Yet both Bradley and quarterback Kevin Kolb re-entered the game after suffering concussions. Bother were initially cleared to return, and did so, before it was determined that they had concussions. The missed initial diagnoses raised questions about the team's evaluation of the players.

Eagles coach Andy Reid defended his medical staff Monday and said it followed proper procedures. It's unclear if the two will be able to play Sunday in Detroit. On Monday, Reid said, "They didn't feel great."

Also, as expected, the Eagles put fullback Leonard Weaver and starting center Jamaal Jackson on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Philadelphia signed fullback Owen Schmitt and tight end/fullback Garrett Mills.

Jets owner apologizes to female reporter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The woman at the center of a reported Jets sexual-harassment controversy accepted the apology of team owner Woody Johnson for the behavior of his players and coaches at their practice facility Saturday.

Ines Sainz, 32, was at New Meadowlands Stadium for Monday's opener against the Ravens.

"He was very concerned about the situation," Sainz said of Johnson. Though she said she did not believe any comments directed at her Saturday were "sexually aggressive," Sainz acknowledged feeling uncomfortable.

MOSS FALLOUT: Randy Moss got support from Patriots teammates a day after his postgame remarks on Sunday in which he said he didn't feel appreciated. "Randy stated the way he felt," running back Fred Taylor said. "You can't question a man's integrity when it's from his heart." The timing of his remarks may not have been ideal, but Taylor didn't complain. "Personally, I appreciate him," second-year cornerback Darius Butler said. "He's one of the best teammates I've got." An 81-second video on the team's website showed Moss calling players together in the locker room after the win for a chant, just minutes before his news conference.

BRADY CRASH: A lawyer for the family of a man hurt in a two-vehicle crash with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's car says his condition has worsened. Samuel Reef told the Boston Globe that the family of Rogerio Rodrigues is concerned for his well-being as it awaits more medical tests.

LABOR: Players have a new teammate in their labor fight: the AFL-CIO. One of the nation's largest unions said it had sent all of the league's owners a letter warning that a lockout in one of America's "few thriving" industries could cost thousands of Americans their jobs and cities more than $140 million in revenue. It also urged owners to release financial statements.

BILLS: Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (right knee) will miss about three weeks.

BROWNS: Quarterback Jake Delhomme injured his right ankle while throwing an interception to Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber late in the first half of Sunday's loss. Coach Eric Mangini said Delhomme, 35, will have tests on the ankle, which appeared to bother the quarterback in the second half.

LIONS: The team said Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) won't need surgery, but said little else about the severity of the starting quarterback's injury, or when he's expected back.

PACKERS: Running back Ryan Grant (ankle) will miss the team's home opener Sunday against Buffalo and defensive lineman Justin Harrell (torn ACL) is out for the season.

RAMS: Linebacker Chris Chamberlain (turf toe) will miss 6-8 weeks.

SEAHAWKS: Starting right guard Max Unger (toe) likely will miss at least one game.

VIKINGS: Receiver and former Florida star Percy Harvin has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a disorder that causes temporary breathing stoppages during sleep. It was determined that the condition is a trigger of the debilitating migraine symptoms that have dogged him for years.

Reid defends staff after misdiagnoses 09/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:05am]

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