The NFL has ramped up efforts to assist players dealing with concussion symptoms in recent years, but they can’t do anything for the player who refuses to tell the truth.
Unfortunately, that was the case last season as Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed says he wasn’t completely honest with the coaching staff as he dealt with concussion like-symptoms and may have played through games in an unhealthy state.
Reed, who first appeared on the Week 11 injury report may have been dealing with symptoms well before that and told Dianna Marie Russini he wasn’t telling the complete truth regarding his symptoms which included vomiting and headaches for two months.
So why did Reed opt to keep the information quiet? Well, we don’t really know though given the Redskins were still playing Fred Davis it’s possible Reed felt he could lose his job if he spoke up or at minimum would see his playing time reduced.
A young player, Reed by no stretch had locked himself into a starting role and given his emergence and high level of play, pulling himself out with an injury may have been giving up his opportunity and understandably he didn’t want to lose that. But injuries of any nature, especially those involving the head are nothing to toy around with, something that Reed seems a bit more accepting of at this point.
Thankfully Reed says he’s completely healthy, though, you have to hope he did no further damage to himself while playing injured, assuming he did.