Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 11
Follow @jbrezlowNovember 20, 2013, 1:07 pm ET
Through 11 weeks of the 2013 NFL season, a total of 80 concussions have been reported on the league’s official injury report. All but three teams have reported a head injury, with just three positions — wide receiver, cornerback and safety — accounting for close to half of all concussions this season.
This past weekend, FRONTLINE’s Concussion Watch project counted another seven possible head injuries. These are the names we’ll be watching for on the next injury report, as well as our roundup of the top concussion-related headlines from the past week:
Justin Bethel, Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel left with a concussion in the first half of their game against the Jaguars and didn’t return, Fox Sports reported. Cornerbacks have suffered 14 concussions so far this season, more than any other position in the league.
Mason Foster, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mason Foster was forced to leave the field in Week 11 after a bruising helmet-to-helmet hit collision with Dashon Golson. “After a 5-yard completion from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez, Goldson took a 7-yard run to the pile, lowered his head and blasted … Foster in the head,” reported The Tampa Bay Times.
Head Coach Greg Schiano told reporters that Foster was being observed by team trainers, but could be ready to play for Tampa Bay in Week 12.
“I feel good,” Foster told reporters. “It’s one of those things. I’m going to go talk to the trainers and get it all taken care of. I’ve never had a concussion, so this is the first time something like that came up, but we’ll deal with it. It doesn’t worry me. We’ve got great trainers, so I know I’m in good hands.”
Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
The only injury from the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings in Week 11 was a concussion to linebacker Jermaine Kearse, said Coach Pete Carroll.
“He felt a lot better,” Carroll said a day after the game. “He will benefit, obviously, from this [bye] week and having two weeks before he has to get back. We would think he’ll be able to make it. He has to go through the [concussion] protocols, but he has plenty of time to get well.”
Because teams do not provide injury data during their bye week, Kearse’s concussion will not appear on the league injury report unless the Seahawks add it to the Week 13 report.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Craig Steltz, Chicago Bears
A scary moment came for Bears safety Craig Steltz on an overtime kickoff against the Ravens in Week 11. As USA Today reported:
John Sullivan, Minnesota Vikings
Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that center John Sullivan sustained a concussion during Minnesota’s loss to the Seahawks in Week 11, but no other details about the injury were available. Sullivan was also sidelined by a concussion during the 2011 season.
Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker re-entered the game for the Broncos after reportedly suffering a concussion against the Chiefs in Week 11. Per ESPN:
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