NFL referees to monitor players for concussions
The NFL has told its game officials to watch closely for concussion symptoms in players. Ten days after San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman sustained a head injury against the New York Jets and later suffered a seizure on the team’s flight home, the league’s injury and safety panel issued the directive Wednesday.
“Our game officials will receive concussion awareness training and will remain alert to possible concussions during games,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said. “If an official believes a player may have suffered a concussion, he should take appropriate steps to alert the team and get medical attention for the player.”
Dielman was concussed with approximately 12 minutes remaining in the Oct. 23 game, after which he struggled to maintain balance and never came out of the game despite signs of struggle. He finished the game despite the head injury and was not assessed until after the loss to New York.
The Chargers did not mention any injuries following the game and only announced Dielman’s injury shortly before the team boarded a plane for San Diego. Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure near the end of the charter flight, although he was cleared of all long-term complications surrounding the concussion and seizure.
Instead of hiring extra doctors or trainers they’re making guys who are in no way qualified to diagnose concussions check players but the NFL cares about it’s players safety.