Concussion Watch: Week 17 Roundup

January 2, 2013
by Jason M. Breslow Digital Editor

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson lies on the field after sustaining an injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

At least 10 players left games with possible head injuries on the last day of the NFL regular season Sunday, but because only playoff teams will continue releasing injury reports through next month’s Super Bowl, only three of those injuries will be officially tallied.

As FRONTLINE and ESPN reported last month, the 20 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs do not release injury reports after the last week of the regular season. Just three teams with players on this week’s Concussion Watch roundup — the Colts, Falcons, and Vikings — are playoff-bound, meaning seven of the players we’re tracking will not appear on the injury report. Nonetheless, here is the complete list:

Kelvin Beachum, G, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed in his post-game news conference Sunday that guard Kelvin Beachum suffered a concussion in the team’s 24-10 win over the Browns. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Beachum was hurt in the third quarter “after taking a cheap-shot well behind the play from Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor.”

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

Kevin Burnett, LB, Miami Dolphins

Kevin Burnett was one of two Dolphins players taken out of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots because of a possible head injury. The Dolphins tweeted during the game that Burnett was removed because of a concussion. The Sun Sentinel reported that Burnett suffered the injury in the third quarter.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

 Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami Dolphins

Tight end Anthony Fasano was the second Dolphins player to exit Sunday’s season finale because of a head injury. Fasano, who battled a concussion last season, left the game after a hard hit at the end of a 13-yard reception in the third quarter. He was evaluated along the sideline for a head injury and did not return, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A 

Clyde Gates, WR, New York Jets

Clyde Gates suffered his first concussion of the season in a Week 12 loss to the Patriots. On Sunday, the Jets tweeted that the receiver had been taken out of the game because of a head injury.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

Casey Matthews, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

Linebacker Casey Matthews left Sunday’s loss to the Giants with a concussion, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, but it’s unclear when he was injured. Matthews was seeing extra playing time filling in for Mychal Kendricks, who suffered a concussion during Week 16 of the season.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

Rocky McIntosh, LB, St. Louis Rams

The Rams lost linebacker Rocky McIntosh to a concussion in their Week 17 loss to the Seahawks, ESPN reported. McIntosh also suffered a concussion during the 2010 NFL season as a member of the Redskins.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

Joe Reitz, G, Indianapolis Colts

Joe Reitz’s first concussion of the season came less than a month ago in a Week 13 win over the Detroit Lions. Reitz suffered a second head injury on Sunday and did not return to the game, according to the Indianapolis Star. ESPN reported that Reitz “will likely face concussion tests this week to get back in the lineup for the playoffs.”

Wildcard weekend injury report status: Concussion, will not play.

Dunta Robinson, CB, Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have reported just one concussion this season, the fewest in the NFL. On Sunday, Dunta Robinson may have become the second. Robinson suffered a head injury early in the team’s loss to the Buccaneers, but coach Mike Smith initially stopped short of saying whether Robinson had a concussion, ESPN reported. On Monday, Smith told reporters that Robinson was placed in the league’s concussion protocol and “moving through it at a very good pace.” The Falcons will have a first-round bye when the playoffs begin this weekend, so the earliest Robinson would appear on an injury report is next week. Smith made clear, however, that “with both of the players that left the game [Sunday], I fully anticipate they will be ready to go on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.”

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Concussion Watch received a viewer tip Sunday about a possible head injury to Vikings tight end Jerome Simpson. The AP later reported that Simpson was given a concussion test after coming up woozy from an end-zone collision in the third quarter. He passed the test and returned to the game.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A 

Matt Spaeth, TE, Chicago Bears

Tight end Matt Spaeth, who missed playing in 2010 with a head injury, left the Bears’ season finale with a concussion, the AP reported.

Wildcard weekend injury report status: N/A

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