NFL’s chief medical officer says Carson Wentz ‘heroic’ for reporting concussion during playoffs

January 10, 2020
Chris Bumbaca-USA Today

It took some guts for Carson Wentz to seek out the team medical staff during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks after suffering a concussion. The NFL’s top doctor is going so far to call the act “heroic.”

“I think what Carson Wentz did is heroic and should be highlighted as an example of how an unbelievably skilled and competitive athlete understands the seriousness of concussion injury and is willing to report it,” chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told the Associated Press.

Wentz suffered the injury late in the first quarter when Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made helmet-to-helmet contact with him from behind on a tackle. He remained in the game but quickly alerted the Eagles’ training staff and was checked out in the medical tent on the sidelines before heading to the locker room.

“You shouldn’t take chances with a brain injury,” Sills told the AP. “Brain injuries are different than other injuries. … You can’t see a brain injury from the outside, but that does not make it any less severe or any less dangerous to the recipient than any of those other injuries.”

Earlier this season, Eagles coach Doug Pederson called the revelation linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill initially hid his concussion symptoms from team personnel “a selfish act.” Sills said it’s up to the players to be proactive, but each organization’s trainers and medical staff are relied upon to notice and report symptoms.

And Wentz set a proper example on one of the biggest stages.

“The Eagles medical staff acted immediately and appropriately as soon as they were aware of the diagnosis,” Sills told the AP. “They didn’t treat this player any differently than they would have a backup or if this was a preseason game. Our concussion protocol and our care is the same in every single game, no matter who the player is or what the situation or what the implications are.”

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