Earlier this week, Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson said he recently talked to teammate Jahvid Best, who has missed more than a season because of post-concussions symptoms.
Those comments drew a reaction from Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who talked to NFL.com’s Kareem Copeland on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“That goes a little bit more to how the culture of the NFL has changed. Ten years ago, the advice from a teammate probably would have been, ‘Hey, suck it up and get back out there.’ From a lot of awareness standpoints and concern about people’s health, I think that’s a sign that stuff like that is working. But Nate’s not a neurologist, and I’m not a neurologist. We’ll leave it to the people that are qualified to handle that.”
It’s not the first time Schwartz has had an opinion about concussions. This past season, he did not appreciate star wide receiver Calvin Johnson saying he suffered an undiagnosed concussion.
“Our evaluation was he was not concussed,” Schwartz said. “He was thoroughly checked. We were 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. 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.”
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor