Injury Analysis: The NFL's new stand on concussions frustrates Witten, fantasy owners

Injury Analysis: The NFL's new stand on concussions frustrates Witten, fantasy owners

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

The NFL's new concussion protocol was once again tested as Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was held out of the final six minutes of Dallas' loss to Chicago. After making a catch, Witten was taken down by two Bears defenders and hit the back of his head on the turf of Cowboys Stadium. Witten stumbled to his feet and staggered a few steps. The Cowboys medical staff performed a neurological evaluation and diagnosed the Pro Bowler with a concussion. They then followed policy and removed the tight end from the game, much to the chagrin of Witten. Witten showed no symptoms or side effects on Monday and hopes to be cleared to participate in practice. The Cowboys medical staff should be commended for not yielding to a player's demands but the decisions clearly irked Witten and likely frustrated fantasy owners. However you can expect to see more frustrated players roaming the sidelines as NFL medical staffs take a definitive stance against concussions.

In other concussion news, Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb has been cleared to practice following his Week 1 concussion but will not return as the starting quarterback when the Eagles travel to Jacksonville. Michael Vick was impressive in Week 2 throwing for 284 yards and two touchdowns and Coach Andy Reid felt Vick gave the Eagles the best change to win. Those fortunate enough to snag Vick should hold on tight and stash Kolb in case the situation changes. Keep in mind once a player has sustained a concussion

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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