Week 18 Injury Report : Travis Kelce, Tyrod Taylor, Cam Newton Concussions & Arguments For Doing Away w/ The Concussion Protocol

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2017-2018 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  My co-host and strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd (hence the J in "JK"..I'm the K...).  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for WILD CARD WEEKEND FOR THE 2017 SEASON!

WILD CARD WEEKEND INJURIES:

TITANS 22 @ CHIEFS 21

TRAVIS KELCE, KANSAS CITY TE, CONCUSSION

Clear expression of"No-Go" symptoms (Below)...

  • Injury occurred in the 2nd Quarter right before halftime.
  • Kelce did not return to the game.
  • Kansas City was winning 14-3 at the time of his injury and got to 21-3 by halftime.
  • Kelce had a concussion earlier in the Season, Week 5 @ Houston
  • Instagram Comments:
    • laurennconroy the hit on Kelce was ridiculous. He was almost on the ground and the hit was unnecessary.
    • pabloelcomodin 1)Kelce hit was a unfortunate and I think in the speed of play unavoidable. I think the guy ripping the ball out after the fact is ridiculous.

Tough way for Referee Jeff Triplettee to go out...

Quick whistle:

PREVIEW: Titans @ Patriots

  • Key Injuries: Demarco Murray RB Ten, Chris Hogan WR NE, Alan Branch DT NE

Falcons 26 @ Rams 13

Matt Ryan's Visit to the Medical Tent

Peekaboo!

Replay Reviews Taking too Long And Implications on College Targeting Rule adoption

PREVIEW: Falcons @ Eagles

  • Key Injuries: Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman ATL

Bills 3 @ Jaguars 10...zzzzzz

Richie Incognito, Buffalo Guard, Shoulder

  • Missed 1 Series and Returned to game

Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville LB, Hip, Did not return

Micah Hyde, buffalo safety, Concussion Protocol

  • The dangers of d-backs making low tackles with their heads down.
  • Was Leonard Fournette telling Micah Hyde to see what he hits? The twitter video below shows the plays leading up to Hyde's concussion. I recommend putting the volume on mute for the second video.
  • Unfortunately this is the only video of the play because all twitter cared about was Micah squirting water at a fan on his way to the locker room.

Nick O’Leary, Buffalo TE, No Concussion Check

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo qb, Concussion

PREVIEW: Jaguars @ Steelers

  • Key Injuries: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh WR 

Panthers 26 @ Saints 31

Cam Newton, Carolina QB, Concussion?

Post game sunglasses a sign of sensitivity to light?

  • Instagram Comment:
    • kirby_philly And again the nfl failed its players by forgoing any semblance of their so-called “concussion protocol “ I can’t believe Cam Newton was allowed back in the game... 4 minutes later!!!
  • Team vs NFL, whose decision is it?

Andrus Peat, New Orleans Guard, suffered a broken fibula

PREVIEW: Saints @ Vikings

Extended Conversation

Who is the concussion protocol actually for and why do we care so much?

***Keep the Heads 'N Tales Instagram story on your radar going into this weekend to cast your vote on who you have for the upcoming playoff games***

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