Concussion Watch: Week 16 Roundup

December 26, 2012
by Jason M. Breslow Digital Editor

San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis, left, is hit by Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor, right, during a reception attempt in the first half on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Through the first 15 weeks of the NFL season, roughly 10 players per week suffered a concussion. This past weekend, teams appeared to outdo that pace as at least 12 players — including three who have already had a concussion this year — left games due to possible head injuries.

With just one week remaining in the regular season, here are the names Concussion Watch will be tracking when the Week 17 injury report is released:

Mike Brisiel, G, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have had 11 concussions this season, more than any team in the league. Two players on the team — cornerback Phillip Adams and safety Matt Giordano — have sustained multiple head injuries, and on Sunday, guard Mike Brisiel may have become the third. ESPN reported that Brisiel suffered a concussion in the team’s 17-6 loss to the Panthers. Brisiel’s first concussion of the season came during Week 6, however, he did not miss any time due to the injury.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, questionable to play

Sheldon Brown, CB, Cleveland Browns

Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown left Sunday’s game with a concussion he received while colliding with Brandon Stokley of the Broncos, ESPN reported. Cornerbacks have had 21 concussions this season, more than any other position in the leagues except for wide receivers.

Week 17 injury report status: Head, will not play

Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was one of two Eagles to get a concussion on Sunday. Coach Andy Reid has not ruled out playing Cox in the season finale this weekend, saying Cox would be evaluated as the week goes on.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, will not play

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Concussion Watch received three tips on Sunday about a hard hit on Vernon Davis that the 49ers later confirmed resulted in a concussion. The hit, which you can watch here, came in the first quarter of the team’s 42-13 loss to the Seahawks. Davis was attempting to haul in a pass along the sideline, but was knocked off his feet by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. “Davis was slow to get up, was examined by doctors on the sideline and eventually taken to the locker room for further evaluation,” ESPN reported.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, questionable to play

Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills

The Bills tweeted on Sunday that cornerback Stephon Gilmore was being taken to the locker room for evaluation after he was “shaken up” early in the game. He would later return. During Week 2, Gilmore had a similar scare but passed a concussion test after the team’s 35-17 win over the Chiefs.

Week 17 injury report status: Not on injury report

Jabari Greer, CB, New Orleans Saints

The Saints announced early in the second half on Sunday that cornerback Jabari Greer was out due to a concussion, though it is unclear exactly when he was injured.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, will not play

Mychal Kendricks, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

Mychal Kendricks played all but two defensive snaps in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Redskins, according to The News Journal, but after the game, Coach Andy Reid told reporters that the team was placing the linebacker in its concussion recovery program.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, will not play

Ellis Lankster, CB, New York Jets

Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster left the team’s 27-17 loss to the Chargers in the second half with a concussion, ESPN reported. In all, five Jets players have sustained a concussion this season.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, questionable to play

Uche Nwaneri, G, Jacksonville Jaguars

Uche Nwaneri left Sunday’s loss to the Patriots in the first half with what the Jaguars said was a head injury. Nwaneri has been vocal about the risk of head injuries in professional football. As he told The Florida Times-Union in May, “I know I’ve been involved in some collisions before. It makes me worry about what my future is going to be like, but I try to do a lot of things to keep my body as healthy as I can. I take a lot of vitamins and supplements to keep the body energized and moving. You worry a lot.”

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, will not play

Tracy Porter, CB, Denver Broncos

Tracy Porter played just three snaps on Sunday before leaving the game with a concussion. ESPN reported that Porter was injured after hitting Browns receiver Josh Gordon. The game was Porter’s first since Oct. 7, as the Broncos cornerback had been deactivated after he experienced similar symptoms that preceded a seizure last summer.

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, will not play

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars ended Cecil Shorts’ season on Monday, placing their leading receiver on the injured reserved list following his second concussion in three weeks. Shorts sustained his first concussion of the season on Dec. 2 against the Bills. He sat out one game before returning for the team’s Week 15 matchup against the Dolphins.

Week 17 injury report status: Not on injury report

Ernie Sims, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Ernie Sims’ first concussion of the season came last week against the Steelers. On Sunday, he was back on the field, though his return did not last long. The Cowboys linebacker experienced dizziness late in the first quarter Sunday against the Saints, and pulled himself from the game. “When I made the tackle I just wasn’t feeling right,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “I was feeling a little dizzy, off-balanced. I told the training staff and we made the decision to go ahead and pull me out. I pulled myself soon enough that I didn’t hurt myself.”

Week 17 injury report status: Concussion, questionable to play

[Update, 12/28/2012]: Greg McElroy, QB, New York Jets

One player added to the Concussion Watch roundup this week was Greg McElroy. After 11 sacks in his first NFL start last weekend, the Jets quarterback began experiencing concussion-like symptoms, but did not disclose them to team medical personnel. Teammates told ESPN that McElroy confided to them that he was wrestling with whether to tell Jets trainers and coaches.

Ultimately, McElroy informed the Jets about his symptoms. Coach Rex Ryan said that “players need to be honest” about injuries to the head, and that “Hopefully, this will be an example to all the players … Because the worst thing that could’ve happened is he would’ve gone out there with nobody knowing how he really felt and hurt himself.” Nonetheless, when the Week 17 injury report was released on Friday, McElroy was listed as having an injury to his abdomen, not a concussion.

Week 17 injury report status: Abdomen, doubtful to play

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