Drama in Detroit | Did Calvin Johnson Play Through a Concussion?
It seems that Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz could be haunted by the “Week Six Curse”.
Ok. It’s not a real thing, but it just so happens to be the one year anniversary of his scuffle with Jim Harbaugh after a tough loss to the 49ers in week six of the 2011 season.
Heading into the 2012 week six match-up against Schwartz has another issue he must address with the media: whether or not Calvin Johnson really suffered a concussion in a week four’s match-up against the Vikings.
After a bye week for the struggling Lions, Calvin Johnson has came out and stood by his story that he suffered a concussion off of a Chad Greenway hit, but that he played through it.
“He rung my bell pretty god. He got me. He caught me around the chin, that was a good hit,” replied Johnson when asked.
With concussions being a huge issue with the NFLPA right now, and the number of them seemingly increasing, the last thing that any member of the Detroit Lions club needs is a belief that they still have their players in the game despite concussion symptoms.
Of course coach Schwartz adamantly denies any notion that his #1 play maker suffered a concussion. “Our evaluation was he was not concussed,” said Schwartz. “He was thoroughly checked. We wre very strong in our evaluation. He was cleared to go back in the game, and he was on a protocol after that, and he was cleared then.”
Schwartz finished with “We’re very strong in our evaluation, and as an organization, we have some credibility when it comes to concussions. So just leave it there.”
So is did Johnson overreact after such a big hit, or could he have really been concussed? Is there something else that the trainers/doctors on the sideline could have done better to ensure his safety?
You be the judge. What I do know is that the 1-3 Detroit Lions cannot afford to have any off-field distractions, so this mess better get sorted out quickly before this franchise gets back into a deep depression like it was in for so long.