Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says he didn’t want to go through a concussion test despite experiencing symptoms.
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During the Kansas City Chiefs big win over the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday, running back Jamaal Charles was rocked on a touchdown that sent both he and Chargers defensive back Brandon Flowers to the ground. Both laid there for a moment while Flowers was removed from the game with concussion-like symptoms.
But what about Jamaal Charles? The Pro Bowl running back admitted that he saw ‘flashing lights’ after the impact though didn’t feel as if he had a concussion. He didn’t leave the game nor did he feel the need to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol which has many raising an eyebrow.
Charles of course missed the majority of the Kansas City Chiefs playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts last season with a concussion and apparently didn’t want to deal with a similar scenario this past Sunday.
“I didn’t have a concussion but it definitely was a hit that shocked me. But I don’t think I had to go through the concussion protocols and all that. I didn’t want to go through that again because of what happened in the playoffs. I was definitely fine, I think I came out pretty good,” Charles said.
Obviously if he saw what he deemed to be ‘flashing lights’ after the hit, a concussion test would have been well warranted. But like many before him, if a player can avoid such more often than not they will attempt to do so.
We’ve already seen players like Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who was taken out of a game for concussion like symptoms, attempt to steal his helmet back from a trainer so he could return to the game.
Hopefully players will eventually take potential head injuries more serious and not jeopardize themselves and their family because they don’t want to leave the field.
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