Browns: Lewis brought up concussion day after game
One day after two players had their seasons – and perhaps careers – ended by concussions, the Cleveland
In the NFL, there’s no time for sentimental sendoffs.
On Thursday, players were still coming to terms with the fact that
Lewis was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, effectively ending his 10-year career with five games left. The 30-year-old had planned to retire after this season, but was forced out early after telling the team he was experiencing concussion-related symptoms and consulting with doctors.
“I feel bad for him based on everything that he’s gone through and the career he’s had, to go out on IR, if it is his last game, you don’t want to see a guy do that,” said quarterback
Anderson has known Lewis since they played together in Baltimore. He said his close friend told him that he visited a specialist on Tuesday.
“He told me he went, but I didn’t really get into details,” Anderson said.
It’s still not known if Lewis’ career was stopped by a single blow to the head in the
“He’s a big back, so he probably ran into a million people,”
“That’s someone I’ve looked up to,” Vickers said. “We talked about his health and what he has to do. It’s a sad feeling to lose somebody I see every day. He’s a first-class type of guy and to go out that way, it’s kind of sad – not sad for him, but sad the way it happened. Jamal is always going to be OK in whatever he does.”
Along with Lewis, the
Pool’s fragile state has some of his teammates worried.
“Every time I see Brodney get hit I get a little nervous,” Anderson said. “He and I both had concussions in New York (preseason game) and that was kind of like the blind leading the blind in the locker room. It wasn’t funny.”
The NFL’s heightened awareness of the dangers of head injuries and their long-term effects has players thinking more about their safety and long-term health. Instead of ignoring symptoms to stay on the field, the league is hoping players will tell coaches and trainers when they have symptoms.
On Wednesday, commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to the clubs saying a player who gets a concussion should not return to action on the same day if he shows certain symptoms.
Most players saw it as a positive step.
“At the end of the day there’s something out there more important than what we’re doing right now, there’s your family and living a good life,” Anderson said. “Guys are trying to be smarter with it. Throughout the league there’s been a lot of guys missing time and taking extra precautions with it. Guys are looking into it more than they have in the past.”
Anderson said deciding whether to tell the truth is a dilemma all players face at some point in their careers.
“Guys want to win, but at the same time you can’t put your life in jeopardy,” he said. “Guys who have had a concussion, you can go out there and get one little ding and you might have a stroke. Guys are starting to figure out you’ve got to protect your brain.
“It’s such a cutthroat business, if you’re not out there for a few weeks your job’s gone. Guys know that, this league doesn’t last very long, they want to show they can play when they’re dinged up. I guarantee everybody in here has probably had one (concussion). That’s the nature of the business.”