Combine: NFL to demo concussion sideline protocol

Combine: NFL to demo concussion sideline protocol
February 19, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee will hold a demonstration of sideline concussion protocol and explanation of its uses at the NFL Combine on Friday.

The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee advises NFL clubs on best practices for concussion management, as well as for avoidance or protection against other head, neck or spine injuries. Committee members conduct independent research into a variety of subjects that play a role in player safety.

On Friday those in attendance will be able witness first hand the goals of the sidelines assessment protocol, see how it was developed, and how it is implemented in-game. They will also perform a demonstration on a media member, and explain the return to play process once a player [is diagnosed with a concussion] has completed the protocol.

Texans tight end Garrett Graham suffered two concussions about a month apart from one another during the 2012 season . He suffered the first concussion on Dec. 2 at Tennessee and missed the team’s next game, a 42-14 loss to the Patriots. Graham practiced all week that week but was not cleared for the game and did not travel with the team to Foxboro. Graham’s second concussion occurred in the playoffs against the Cincinnati Bengals. Graham was hit hard in the helmet by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict late in the fourth quarter of the Texans’ 19-13 Wild Card victory over Cincinnati. Graham did hold onto the ball and helped the Texans seal the victory. Graham ended up passing the NFL concussion protocol and played eight days later in the Divisional Round at New England. Graham finished with two catches for 13 yards in the Texans 41-28 loss to the Patriots.

A third-year pro from Wisconsin, Graham caught 28 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.