Concussion Watch: Week 15 Roundup

December 18, 2012

Week 15 of the NFL season saw at least seven players removed from games because of possible head injuries. While team officials would later confirm four concussions, two players were allowed back onto the field after appearing to sustain a head injury.

With just two weeks to go until the postseason, here are the names we’ll be watching for when teams start releasing their final injury reports before game day:

Phillip Adams, CB, Oakland Raiders

Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams suffered his first concussion of the season two weeks ago, in a 20-17 loss to the Browns. On Sunday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed that Adams sustained another concussion during the team’s 15-0 win over the Chiefs. Entering Sunday, the Raiders had reported 10 concussions this season, more than any other team in the league.

Week 16 injury report status: Concussion, probable play

Chris Hope, S, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons tweeted on Sunday that Chris Hope had been “shaken up” in an early play against the Giants, and that he was “being evaluated with [a] possible head injury.” He was eventually cleared to return to the field, however, and went on to recover a fumble by Giants running back Kregg Lumpkin. The Falcons have reported just one concussion this season, the fewest in the NFL.

Week 16 injury report status: Not on injury report

Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Running back Bernard Pierce was one of two Ravens players to sustain a concussion on Sunday, team officials confirmed. Pierce was injured in the first half, although it is unclear which play he was hurt on.

Week 16 injury report status: Head, questionable to play

Tyler Polumbus, OT, Washington Redskins

Tyler Polumbus appeared to sustain a concussion in the third quarter of the team’s 38-21 win over the Browns on Sunday. The Redskins tweeted that team doctors had evaluated Polumbus on the sideline and removed him from the game. Coach Mike Shanahan later confirmed the injury.

Week 16 injury report status: Head, questionable to play

Ernie Sims, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Linebacker Ernie Sims left the Cowboys’ win over the Steelers on Sunday due to a concussion that he suffered on a kickoff return in the first quarter, ESPN reported. Sims was given a sideline concussion test (pdf) before he was taken to the locker room and removed from the game, according to ESPN.

Week 16 injury report status: Concussion, questionable to play 

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Receiver Torrey Smith left the Ravens’ 34-17 loss to the Broncos in the second half on Sunday while trying to make a catch along the sideline. His head hit the ground as he fell to the turf, causing him to stumble as he stood up. Smith was later ruled out of the game, “but he appeared to be pleading his case with the training staff on the sidelines to let him back in,” according to staff writer Garrett Downing. Wide receivers have sustained 28 of the 138 officially reported concussions in the NFL this season, more than any other position in the league.

Week 16 injury report status: Head, questionable to play

Andrew Whitworth, OT, Cincinnati Bengals

NBC Sports reported that Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth likely suffered a head injury last Thursday “when he banged heads with an Eagle and stumbled up woozily.” He missed one play before returning to the game, but was later removed for good with what was initially described as an illness. After the game, however, coach Marvin Lewis confirmed that Whitworth had a concussion.

Week 16 injury report status: Head, probable to play

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