Su’a Cravens’s concussion two games ago probably did not permanently alter his vision and force him into a lifetime of wearing glasses. The Washington Redskins rookie linebacker may have jumped to conclusions by claiming that last week.
But Cravens wasn’t far off, says one expert. And he appears to have gone against the norm of most athletes who don’t, or can’t, acknowledge that the brain trauma they've suffered has affected their eyesight.
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“A lot of people don’t have the vocabulary to clearly express how they’re feeling. They just say, ‘I’m not feeling right,’” said Dr. Eric Singman, chief of general eye service at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Wilmer Eye Institute. Singman, a specialist in neuro-opthalmology, has published several studies on the effects of concussions on vision and their treatment — including athletes of all ages.
Athletes in general, especially in football, are notorious for hiding concussion symptoms, Singman said. But an inability to describe exactly what’s wrong with their sight compounds that, and a neurologist is more likely to diagnose it than an eye doctor.
“A lot of them basically get around the visual problem, by either bypassing it or working around it,’’ he added, pointing out that athletes are not alone in doing so. They find that they lose their place while reading, get headaches, are unable to scroll on their computers[......]Read More
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Tyrod Taylor took a Snapchat on Thursday morning of himself apparently preparing for surgery.
#Bills QB Tyrod Taylor may be having surgery today, per his Snapchat. Again, if he can't pass a physical by March 11, $$ becomes guaranteed pic.twitter.com/L3r9k9prlE
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) January 5, 2017
Shortly after people noticed, the Bills' public relations department released a passive-aggressive statement confirming the procedure.
"[Taylor] had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning. The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning's procedure."
People have taken notice to the Bills' use of the word "elected" and the fact that they felt the need to specify the time at which they found out. The "elected" part makes it sound like Taylor didn't really need surgery but perhaps had it for other reasons ... 30 million other reasons, to be exact.
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Taylor has an insurance policy written into his contract that would pay him $30.75 million in guaranteed money if he's unable to pass a physical by March 11. This surgery, reportedly for a core muscle issue, could make it hard for him to pass the physical in time, as he has a reported[......]Read More
Thanksgiving games in the NFL have seen some memorable moments, but for some reason, the more embarrassing ones seem to stick in our minds, starting with one asinine anti-miracle in the Meadowlands.
Here is the list of the biggest Thanksgiving Day blunders in NFL history.
PHOTOS: Thanksgiving memories
It has been five years since the infamous “butt fumble” against the Patriots, but it's a play that will linger in eternity.
What started with a botched handoff on Thanksgiving 2012 turned into a Sanchez scramble, until the posterior of guard Brandon Moore knocked the ball out of Sanchez’s right arm. The Patriots’ Steve Gregory returned the fumble 31 yards for an easy TD in an even easier 49-19 road rout.
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MIke Tomlin vs. Jacoby Jones
In the Steelers' 22-20 Thanksgiving night loss to the hated AFC North rival Ravens in 2013, Tomlin stepped figuratively out of bounds by literally sneaking off the sidelines. While Jones was in the middle of returning a punt 73 yards that could have gone the distance for Baltimore, Tomlin seemed to intentionally get in the way as Jones got tripped up.
The NFL thought so, too, slapping the Steelers' head coach with a $100,000 fine the following week.
Luckett, a former NFL referee, gets on the menu because of his 1998 overtime blu[......]
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens were the first NFL team reported to have interest in Dez Bryant after the Cowboys cut him Friday. Eric Weddle was not the first fellow NFL player to try to recruit him — or even the first safety, for that matter, thanks to the Texans’ Tyrann Mathieu. But on Tuesday, the Ravens' veteran safety revealed he was ready to pitch Bryant on his receiver-hungry team.
"I reached out to him," Weddle said on the second day of the Ravens’ offseason conditioning program at their facility. "And Dez is an amazing player — passionate, competitive, everything you'd want in a teammate. And for a guy like that who just came off a tough situation, you just want what’s best for him and where he feels comfortable."
Weddle, 33, is entering his third season with the Ravens after his ugly separation from the Chargers after eight seasons, and he was a Pro Bowler in each of his first two seasons in Baltimore. So he had a long list of positives to tell Bryant if the free agent receiver is interested. The only "con," Weddle deadpanned, was that, "The winter sucks, especially when you’re there all offseason."
The "pros," though, were plenty, Weddle said. He praised the city and its fans, the organization, owner Steve Bisciotti, head coach John Harbaugh and the coaching staff, and — likely aware of Bryant’s post-rel[......]Read More
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The Browns beat the Steelers for the first time in five years, but they somehow still managed to lose in the game — with one of their best players losing his cool.
What joy Cleveland got from ending an eight-game winless streak in a dominant 21-7 victory was completely ruined by third-year defensive end Myles Garrett's vicious helmet swing to the head of Pittsburgh second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Here is the FULL incident with Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph and Maurkice Pouncey at the end #Steelers pic.twitter.com/RwZNmuPtT2
— Steelers Depot 🦃🍗🍽🙏 (@Steelersdepot) November 15, 2019
Whatever Rudolph may have said or done to agitate Garrett in the waning seconds while being dragged to the ground at he Dawg Pound is irrelevant. Garrett turning Rudolph's helmet into a dangerous weapon against him, was "inexcusable," as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield told Fox's Erin Andrews after the game.
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Garrett and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who pushed Rudolph after the swing, were ejected. S[......]Read More
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Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had coronavirus, it was revealed in HBO's Hard Knocks: Los Angeles.
The latest episode of the behind-the-scenes documentary series aired on Tuesday night, focusing on the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams.
It included footage of a video call between Lynn and his team in which he announced he had previously contracted COVID-19.
"This year is not like any year we've ever had in the National Football League," Lynn said.
"I can't promise you you're not going to get infected. I got infected."
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 12, 2020
The NFL is preparing to return amid the pandemic, although a number of players from around the league have opted out of 2020 due to the crisis.
The Night net returned in a 'bubble' in Orlando, but MLB has played home-and-away games and seen its schedule hit by a number of confirmed cases once the season was under way that prompted postponements.
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The Cowboys were spiraling toward the franchise's first 0-2 start since 2010 after another series of questionable calls from first-year coach Mike McCarthy.
How could the Falcons jump out to a 20-point lead? What was with that first fake punt? The SECOND fake punt? Why go for two down nine? McCarthy would have felt all of that in a spicy press conference that would have topped anything Jason Garrett ever felt, knowing Dallas' former head coach never started 0-2.
Then America's Team – America's most riveting team through the first two weeks of the season – scored 16 points in the final 5:02 to steal a 40-39 thriller away from Atlanta on Sunday.
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Dak Prescott passed for 450 yards and a touchdown and added three rushing scores. He guided two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and an onside kick set up Greg Zuerlein's game-winning field goal as time expired.
Insert Jerry Jones reaction GIF here and Skip Bayless tweet here, right?
This was the second exciting finish in as many weeks for the Cowboys after the "Sunday Night Football" nail-bitter against[......]Read More
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It has been suggested that there is no playbook for coaching through a pandemic, and, in a figurative sense, this is true. The NFL is a pretty literal league, though, and so of course there is such a document in professional football. And this is what coach Mike Tomlin and the Steelers organization followed when they put tight end Vance McDonald on the team plane for a weekend visit to Dallas.
“Those aren’t decisions that are made by us. It’s really cut and dry,” Tomlin said during his weekly Tuesday news conference. “It’s all in the procedural policy of COVID established in New York by the NFL. As long as he is negative and not showing signs of COVID, he is able to travel. And he was, and we did, and we don’t overanalyze it in that way.”
This is a defensible defense for the decision to include McDonald against the Cowboys.
That does not mean it was the right choice.
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Multiple news sources have reported McDonald learned Monday of a positive coronavirus test. He was placed on the league’s COVID reserve list. The Steelers announced Tuesday they had added four players, including star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, to that list, although Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-G[......]Read More