Posts for concussion

Chooch is Actually Concussed Worse Than We Thought

Jim Adair - July 2, 2014

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

More good news for the Phillies, as Carlos Ruiz is recovering from his latest concussion at a glacial pace. According to the Inquirer:

“Ruiz did not travel with the team. He is eligible to be activated Friday from the 7-day disabled list, but that will not happen. He is under the supervision of doctors in Philadelphia. They have administered the industry-standard IMPACT test on Ruiz.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg described Ruiz’s recovery as a ‘slow process.’

‘He’s failing those tests,’ Sandberg said. ‘He still gets the dizziness and the eye sensation to brightness.'”

The Inky goes on to point out that Ruiz missed 20 games due to a concussion in 2010, and there’s apparently no reason to believe he won’t miss just as many (or more) with this one. For the Phillies, who are now eleven games under .500, there should be no rush to get him back. And really, is there any better metaphor for this team than the most (or 2nd most) beloved player sidelined because he was hit by a curveball?

Danny Briere Has a Concussion, So He Won’t Be Getting Traded

Kyle Scott - March 25, 2013

Any chance of the Flyers trading Danny Briere and Briere subsequently waiving his no-trade clause just went floating (I’m trying to use float in every post today) out the window.

Briere is out indefinitely with the most convenient concussion ever:

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Danny Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Briere missed last night's game at Pittsburgh, his first missed game, since being out a four-game span at the start of the season.


In case you were unawares, Briere missed the Flyers’ overtime loss to the Penguins last night (the OBs now have the third fewest points in the Eastern Conference and fifth fewest in the league– thanks, Homer) due to an undisclosed upper-body injury that occurred during practice on Saturday… which turned out to be the concussion.

Obviously, that’s bad news for Briere, and it might be even worse news for the Flyers. Briere had been the subject of several trade rumors over the past week, and while many doubted that he would have waived his no-trade clause in advance of the April 3 trade deadline, the chance for him to do so is now gone. It’s against league rules to trade an injured player, and even if Briere were to return before then, who would want him?

Cue moronic commenter who says that I know nothing about hockey because "Danny Briere wasn't going to accept a trade anyway you fucking zero!"

Ed Werder Stands by His Story that Vick Feels Wronged by Eagles

Kyle Scott - November 30, 2012

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The Eagles vehemently denied an accusation that they are not being 100% truthful about the results of Vick’s (failed) concussion tests. 

But Ed Werder, who reported that Michael Vick believes the Eagles are playing politics with his concussion in the name of getting Nick Foles more snaps, stands by his story. He spoke with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN in South Jersey today and said the following:  

“When [he wasn’t cleared to play], he began to tell people that he was wondering if it had more to do with the fact that the Eagles wanted to evaluate Foles for the rest of the season and weren’t being honest with [him], who wants to play, who has to repair his own reputation.”

“All I can tell you is that I didn’t make this up. Michael Vick has told people that he questions whether there's an ulterior motive here or whether this decision not to play in a game is strictly based on his inability to pass the concussion tests. There’s a specific protocol that has to be followed, he hasn’t met it… but that doesn’t mean that Michael Vick doesn’t question whether this is a legitimate reason that he’s not being allowed to play in the game.”


There’s no doubt that the Eagles are not fudging the results of Vick’s tests, because concussion test results go through the league and, apparently, get sent to that shit hole known as Pittsburgh.   

Sources close to Vick told Philly Mag’s Tim McManus that not only is Werder’s report inaccurate, but also that Vick is not regressing as had been previously reported. 

Vick, of course, had someone write a statement for him, and it’s all fluffy:

 “I want to thank my fans for the thousands of well wishes. I also appreciate the support of the entire Eagles organization. I feel strong and healthy. As a professional athlete, I want to play in every game but the NFL has a specific protocol to protect players. My focus is to complete this process successfully, so I can rejoin my team on the field.”



Anyway, as is usually the case, the truth is probably somewhere in middle– Vick is likely frustrated because he feels good but hasn’t passed the concussion test. I’m guessing Werder’s source on this is Rob Vito, the president of Unequal, the local company that makes the rib protection Vick wears and the helmet padding he will be wearing when he returns. Vito allowed Werder to hit him in the chest with a shovel on Monday Night Football a few years back to demonstrate the strength of Unequal’s products. And this week, it was Werder who had the report that Unequal was outfitting Vick with special padding in his helmet. Vito seems to be a go-to for Werder, who otherwise doesn't cover the Eagles on a daily basis. So it would make sense if it was Vito to whom Vick told he felt the Eagles were playing politics, and Vito who then passed that along to Werder. But that’s just my educated guess (I pay myself big bucks for this totally useless shit).

Whatever the case, the Eagles are not fudging the results of Vick’s concussion tests, as is the insinuation by Vick via Werder’s report. Whether or not Vick feels that way, however, is a different story.

You can listen to Ed Werder on 97.3 ESPN here.

Concussions: Vick Still Has One, Giroux Doesn’t

Kyle Scott - November 29, 2012



Giroux: he doesn't have one, according to his agent, Pat Brisson, who spoke to CSN Philly:

“There is nothing wrong here, Claude is doing great,” Brisson said from his office in Los Angeles.
“I don’t speak lightly. I’m not one of those who would speak from one side of my mouth.”


Giroux has been in Atlanta getting treatment on his neck from the same doctor who treated Sidney Crosby's concussion. Giroux injured his neck a few weeks ago in Germany and it was feared to be a concussion. It now appears that it's not serious. Carry on.

Danny Briere Out Indefinitely with Concussion

Kyle Scott - January 21, 2012

 Awesome. After today’s 4-1 win against the Devils, Paul Holmgren announced that Danny Briere would be out indefinitely with a concussion. Add Briere to a list that this season has included Claude Giroux, Chris Pronger, James van Riemsdyk and Brayden Schenn. Typical. Philadelphia typical. 

JVR Out Indefinitely With Concussion

Kyle Scott - January 14, 2012

This is the hit – by the Senators' Bobby Butler – that most likely gave JVR his concussion. Senators announcers called JVR's reaction an embellishment.


Paul Holmgren issued a very detailed statement:

"James was hit in the head in each of our last two games. He reported yesterday, not feeling like himself. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."


Thanks, Paul.

van Riemsdyk has been bothered by a hip issue for most of the season – which might explain his sometimes lackluster play – and this certainly isn't going to help things. But, as Courier Post beat writer Randy Miller points out, the concussion is going to put an end to those trade rumors: [Flyer Files]

Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Not to the Nashville Predators. Not on the ice with the Flyers.

A day after being linked to talk that he could be traded to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn, JVR was shut down indefinitely with a concussion that no one outside the organization knew about.


In other news, the Flyers' $51 million netminder will be minding the net tonight!

Chris Pronger Out For Remainder of Season

Kyle Scott - December 15, 2011

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Ah shit. 

Here’s the official statement from Paul Holmgren:

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.  Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.” 


When Pronger went to Pittsburgh to visit with Maroon and Collins, and we had to wait two days for an update, you knew it wasn’t going to be good news.

Claude Giroux Out Indefinitely With Concussion

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2011

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And. Here. We. Go.

The Flyers just updated the status of the concussed Claude Giroux. Here's what Paul Holmgren said:

"Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse.  He will be out indefinitely with a concussion"



I’ll reiterate what I wrote yesterday: Given what’s going on with Chris Pronger and the lingering concussion issues of Sidney Crosby, you can’t help but fear the worst about Giroux’s concussion. He was scheduled to meet with doctors today, and – clearly – that visit didn’t go very well. Holmgren generally downplays injuries, so the mere fact that he’s saying Giroux has gotten “worse” is a bad sign. Also, when Holmgren told reporters last night that Giroux just had “whiplash,” he was 100% lying– probably.