If Bills QB Kolb is as bad as people are saying, expect him to be placed on I/R soon

This weekend during a game versus the Washington Redskins, Kevin Kolb took a hit that didn’t look all that serious, but could be career ending.  After the game, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported, that Kolb was having trouble when they asked him “Do you know where you are?”, and “What is your name”.  This is definitely not good, let me explain to you what a concussion does, and break it down for you. If you remember Jahvid Best the running back from California who was drafted by the Detroit Lions, suffered several concussions as well.  The problem that arose was that the team doctors would not clear him to play.  Why is that? The reason is Best kept failing the ImPact testing by the doctor’s office.

In a nutshell, a concussion is a blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Also called a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion can result from a car crash, a sports injury, or from a seemingly innocuous fall. Concussion recovery times can vary greatly.

Most people who sustain a concussion are back to normal by three months or sooner. But others, like Jahvid Best, have long-term problems remembering things and concentration. Accidents can be so minor that neither doctor nor patient makes the connection. Team doctors will review the medical symptoms and run the players through a test.  This test can either help or hurt the player.  That test is called the ImPact or (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Developed by clinical experts who pioneered the field, ImPACT, is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.  ImPACT provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices — as part of determining safe return to play decisions.

Through tools such as the ImPACT Concussion Management Model ImPACT addresses the need for an accurate, medically accepted assessment system that is used as part of an overall concussion management protocol. This Model builds partnerships with healthcare professionals and athletic trainers to offer training and resources for affordable concussion management. ImPACT benefits athletes at all levels of play, from professional sports teams to students and their parents.

NFL teams fear to have players come back and sue them, so in the case of Kevin Kolb and with the recent signing of both Matt Lienart (Former Heisman) and the trade for Thaddieus Lewis, the chances of Kolb returning are not looking good.  I expect the Buffalo training staff to put Kolb on the I/R and let him heal up.  This way he can still collect a check and get medical attention, that is much needed.

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