Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 8
Follow @jbrezlowOctober 29, 2013, 1:42 pm ET
At the midway point of the 2013 football season, NFL teams have reported an average of 8.3 new concussions per week, putting the league on course for a total of 140 head injuries for the year.
In all, teams have reported 58 concussions on the league injury report through the first seven weeks of the season, according to FRONTLINE’s Concussion Watch project tracking NFL head injuries. In 2012, teams reported a total of 171 concussions on the injury report.
At least four more players appeared to suffer concussions since our last Concussion Watch update at the end of Week 7:
Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets
The New York Daily News reported tight end Jeff Cumberland “suffered a mild concussion” during the Jets’ Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Cumberland left the game in the third quarter. Asked about the injury on Monday, Coach Rex Ryan would only say, “Yeah, he didn’t finish the game.”
Ryan promised to provide an update on Wednesday. According to the Daily News, “it is likely he will be able to recover in time.”
Ramon Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers
ESPN reported that Steelers starting guard left the team’s Week 8 game with a concussion, but it’s not clear how he was injured.
Rey Maualuga, Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (#58) is expected to miss about a month of play after suffering both a concussion and a sprained MCL during Cincinnati’s Week 8 win over the Jets. As ESPN reported:
In a message to fans after the hit, Maualuga tweeted, “Everything will be ok. I’m good. Thank you all!”
Asked for an update on Maualuga the day after the injury, Coach Marvin Lewis told reporters, “No. We don’t talk about injuries.”
Will Rackley, Jacksonville Jaguars
“Guard Will Rackley was the Jaguars’ only reported significant injury” in Week 8, the team reported on its website. “He left the game in the first half after a blow to the head and did not return.”
Jacksonville has reported four concussions through the first half of the 2013 season, tied for second-most in the NFL behind the Detroit Lions.
Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga is taken off the field after being injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
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