The entire concussion system in the National Football League is broken.
For those keeping score at home, Cameron Brate left the game on Sunday Night Football to get checked for a concussion and was allowed back in without clearing protocol before eventually being ruled out with a concussion.
The NFL has learned nothing from the Tua situation.
The Buccaneers tight end suffered a concussion late in the first half of Sunday’s 41-31 loss to the Chiefs — but continued to play before he was ultimately ruled out in the second half.
“Sunday Night Football” sideline reporter Melissa Stark reported that Brate did exit, then re-enter the game following a “two-minute chat conversation with the [Bucs’] head athletic trainer and team doctor.”
Mike Tirico described Brate as “shaken up” following the hit and said Brate was “moving slow.”
“Brate was running off the field… I don’t know if he got off the field… You can just stay down for the injury. It’ll cost you a timeout but they have three. As I said, he took it from his own man. It was the hit from Godwin after he was coming across the field,” Tirico said.
“I thought we might get a stoppage right there to be perfectly honest,” Collinsworth said, to which Tirico agreed. “…And then as Brate tried to make his way off the field, he was trying to go as fast as he could, but couldn’t.”
Brate finished the game with four catches for 32 yards.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.