Chiefs Alex Smith puts NFL concussion debate back on table

Chiefs Alex Smith puts NFL concussion debate back on table

Chiefs Alex Smith puts NFL concussion debate back on table 2016 images

Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith Allowed Back into Game with Concussion

After having his head slammed against the turf after sliding, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was forced to leave the game with concussion-like symptoms. Nick Foles came in and did pretty well in relief, but the Chiefs were reasonably eager to get their starter back on the field against the Indianapolis Colts.

Smith got up wobbly after the hit, and it seemed pretty obvious to everyone that Smith had a concussion. The Chiefs put him through the protocol, however, and he passed the test. When Smith came back, he was knocked down again and got up wobbling around again. This time, Smith failed the tests.

Needless to say, head coach Andy Reid was grilled for putting Smith back in the game almost immediately during the postgame interview.

“He passed it the second time, yes,” began Reid before being corrected by a team spokesman. “Oh, I thought he did. So he didn’t pass the second time.”

alex smith concussion kept in game

Good. Glad to see one of the most respected and established coaches in the National Football League is on top of it. The rest of the Chiefs players didn’t seem overly confident in the tests either from their own personal experiences.

“I think everybody’s different,” said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. “I think to have one standard test for each individual may not be the best thing. But at the same time, that’s what they came up with, that’s what we have, so that’s what they go by.”

Sack artist Tamba Hali claims he just refuses to take the damn thing.

“Every time they try to get me to do it, I say no,” said Hali. “Because then they get a gauge on you.”

So apparently the players have some say over whether or not they even have to take the test. So while Reid assures everyone that the team did things by the book, there’s really no telling. Smith said he was good to go and for all we know that may have been the test.

That’s not good for the player, the team, or the fans. But especially the player.


Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in Football

roger goodell vows less nfl commercials 2017 images

Roger Goodell vows less NFL commercials

Chris MauriceMarch 23, 2017
donald trump weighs in on colin kaepernicks nfl future

Donald Trump weighs in on Colin Kaepernick’s NFL future

Chris MauriceMarch 22, 2017
marshawn lynch could make nfl return with oakland raiders 2017 images

Marshawn Lynch could make NFL return with Oakland Raiders

Chris MauriceMarch 20, 2017
colin kaepernick future with nfl in limbo 2017 images

Colin Kaepernick future with NFL in limbo

Chris MauriceMarch 19, 2017
demarcus ware retires proving its not always about money 2017 images

DeMarcus Ware retires proving it’s not always about money

Chris MauriceMarch 16, 2017
jordan cameron not a big fan of nfl 2017 images

Jordan Cameron not a big fan of NFL

Chris MauriceMarch 14, 2017
t.j. watt ready to join brothers derek and j.j. watt in nfl 2017 images

T.J. Watt ready to join brothers J.J. and Derek Watt in NFL

Chris MauriceMarch 6, 2017
jabrill peppers ready to take on any nfl position 2017 images

Jabrill Peppers ready to take on any NFL position

Chris MauriceMarch 6, 2017
john ross breaks nfl combine record but loses an island 2017 images

John Ross breaks NFL Combine record but loses an Addidas island

Chris MauriceMarch 5, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription