New England Patriots WR DeVante Parker suffers concussion on MNF

DeVante Parker

DeVante Parker helped off the field
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A player seeking medical help for an injured teammate is nothing new. Lawrence Taylor asked for it after seeing what has done to an opponent’s leg.

Yes, some players start foaming at the mouth frantic to prepare themselves psychologically for the physical battle they are about to participate in, but they can get out of it if they see a broken body part.

With head injuries, that doesn’t happen often. only more over the past 12-13 years these types of injuries have even been taken seriously in football. For decades, players stood on the field with blurred vision and dizziness because ringing their “bell” was part of the game. Today, at NFL games, trained professionals watch the game from a high point of view. These people watch the game for the sole purpose of ordering a player to be removed from the game if they exhibit these symptoms.

These pros missed a lot on Monday night during the New England Patriots 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals. DeVante Parker’s header bounced off the turf at State Farm Stadium, and he had to be stabilized by one of his offensive linemen. The Patriots were in a hurry offense, so he instinctively rushed to the line of scrimmage. Fortunately, Nelson Agholor noticed that his teammate was holding himself properly. He frantically reported away for medical help.

Parker was eventually put on concussion protocol. On Tuesday it was reported that the The NFL and NFLPA are investigating why he wasn’t removed from the game. They aren’t the only ones wondering. Parker apparently has some too.

His the words were much stronger on an Instagram story post that begins, “Turn up the fucking job of your @NFL.”

After Tua Tagovailoa scary fencing response in Week 4, the standards for removing a player from the field were supposed to be stricter. Any sign of a player stumbling after taking a hit, and it is supposed to be reviewed immediately.

Maybe the Patriots ran a play too quickly for observers to notice, but the person standing next to him certainly didn’t miss it. The person who noticed, has no professional medical training. In fact, he’s been professionally trained, through rote memorization, to be instantly ready to sprint to a position and figure out what to do next by responding to a cue. A staggering teammate broke this man’s concentration.

Head injuries are complicated. We should especially applaud Agholor for going off autopilot to make a quick save, as well as Parker. Players are trained to play at all costs, but here’s someone worrying that he wasn’t properly cared for while in a vulnerable state.

Unfortunately, mistakes are going to be made in a sport where head injuries are as much a part of it as offside penalties. But what is promising in this particular situation is that the actors involved are paying attention.

It’s not their job to spot head injuries. It will not be something agents can use on a player’s account. advantage in contract negotiations. However, the fact that they are more vocal about the protocols followed will absolutely lead to even fewer mistakes being made in those times.

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