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Should The NFL Respond To The Comments That Calvin Johnson Made About Players Suffering Concussions?

Submitted by on October 12, 2012 – 11:29 amNo Comment
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Concussions are a major talking point when it comes to the NFL these days. Because the league is currently being sued by a bunch of former players who didn’t receive the proper medical attention with concern to concussions during their playing days, the league has made it a point to try and eliminate concussions as best they can. They’ve fined players for delivering hits to the head. They’ve put new precautionary measures into place to teach teams and players how to diagnose concussions. And, they’ve given the medical staffs of every NFL team the right to hold players out of games if they even think that a player might have a concussion. This is serious business.

So, how is the NFL going to react to Calvin Johnson, arguably the best receiver in the NFL, saying that he wants to be able to choose whether or not he plays after getting a concussion during a game? Well, we’re not sure. But, we bet Johnson is going to find out soon.

Recently, he appeared on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit to talk about a hit that he took from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway during a game a couple weeks ago. That hit sent CJ to the sidelines and earned him a concussion test. Johnson passed and was allowed to keep playing. But, now, he’s saying that he may have been concussed and simply talked his way back into the game.

“He rung my bell pretty good, he got me, he caught me around the chin, that was a good hit,” he said. “It’s part of football. You get concussed, you gotta keep on playing. You can’t get afraid to go across the middle anymore than you were at the beginning.”

Hmmm…It’s a curious statement coming from a guy who has some pull in the NFL. As the cover star of this year’s Madden 13, his opinion on things matter when it comes to things like concussions. So, the fact that he’s choosing to speak up for playing with concussions is a bit confusing. After all, haven’t we been warned about what concussions can do to players? Haven’t we been told time and time again that playing with a concussion is dangerous? Haven’t we been told that the NFL is doing everything in their power to limit concussions?

Then, the league better give CJ a call. Or, even better, they better fine him for making remarks like this. If they’re serious about taking a stand against concussions, they need to make a move and respond to CJ’s opinion immediately. Otherwise, we have to wonder just how serious they are about eliminating concussions from the game of football.

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