Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson (89) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings shut down John Carlson for the remainder of the year, career over?

It’s always upsetting when someone’s career is cut short by either a serious tragedy (R.I.P. Sean Taylor) or injuries sustained from playing the game.

As we all know, concussions are a huge issue in this league and can’t be prevented no matter how many rules they may make or fines they issue. If you put on these pads and play organized football, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up suffering a concussion sooner or later.

My little brother had about four or five himself, three in one season but he kept playing. It’s different at each levels, but the National Football League has started to take concussions seriously over the last couple of years.

Minnesota Vikings tight end suffered his third concussion in Week 14 and hasn’t returned to action since. He took a huge role with this offense after their number one tight end Kyle Rudolph was placed on the injured reserve with his foot issue.

He has now been placed on the injured reserve and shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season.

A colleague of mine, Bryan Rosa, posted yesterday that the five year veteran could be contemplating retirement. Which I don’t blame the man. I’m sure he has kids and his kids need a Father who can function properly. He’s currently signed through the 2016 season.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has about two or three concussions this year also and could be missing another game on Sunday.

Best of luck to John Carlson with whatever he decides to do.

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