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Did the NFL follow proper concussion protocol with Patriots' Julian Edelman?
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Did the NFL follow proper concussion protocol with Patriots' Julian Edelman?
Monday February 2nd, 2015

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was tested for a concussion and cleared to finish the Super Bowl after taking a hit to the helmet in the fourth quarter, reports the Associated Press.

Edelman sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit from Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor on a pass play. Despite the hit, Edelman was able to continue running on the play and remained in the game.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier on Monday that he did not know if Edelman was checked for a concussion, saying that the decision was up to the medical staff, according to Kent Somers of AZcentral.com.

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According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, independent medical doctors were on the radio to the sideline twice after the play calling for Edelman to be checked for a concussion.

​Edelman appeared disoriented after the play, and several plays later he seemed to have difficulty getting up after an incomplete pass. Edelman was available for post-game interviews, but would not comment on his possible injury.

"We're not allowed to speak about injuries right now," Edelman told one reporter. "We're not allowed to talk about injuries," he said when asked again.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said that he saw Edelman sustain a "big hit," but the receiver did not appear to him to be unable to play. McDaniels said that he wouldn't change his decision-making process unless he was told that a player was out.

Edelman caught the Patriots' game-winning touchdown with a little over two minutes left in the game, and finished with nine receptions for 109 yards. The sixth-year veteran dealt with concussions earlier this season, missing the Patriots' final two regular-season games.

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The NFL has implemented new protocols for possible concussions this season and said last week that brain injuries were down 25 percent during the regular season, to an average of 0.43 incidents per game.

 
- Christopher Woody


 

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