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Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

Posted on: November 7, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 6:06 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

A scary moment occurred Sunday in the Philadelphia - Indianapolis game when Austin Collie took a big shot to the head against the Philadelphia Eagles. Collie caught a pass over the middle of the field and took a big shot from Asante Samuel that launched Collie towards safety Kurt Coleman, who then made helmet-to-helmet contact with Collie, knocking the ball loose (and likely knocking him unconscious) as Collie fell limp to the ground. He lay there for several minutes before being removed; medical personnel rushed immediately to help the fallen Colts' receiver.

Eagles fans reigned boos on the call from the officials for hitting a defenseless receiver, and Samuel leapt around the fallen Collie and the training staff, upset about the flag.

It's a tricky play to make a definite call on, first because Coleman doesn't appear to have any intent to hit Collie with his helmet. Secondly because Samuel's hit on Collie changed Collie's trajectory and therefor the way in which Coleman made contact.

However, one things remains clear -- the NFL's rules dictate that defenders are liable for the contact they make with receivers and that the onus is on the defense to change the way in which they make contact with defenseless receivers. In that sense, the flag is justified, although it's too early to know for sure if Coleman (who makes a little bit more than $350,000) will be fined. Certainly it's going to be the most discussed hit from Sunday.

Although far more important than whether or not the hit was legal and/or called correctly by the officials is vastly outweighed by the hope that Collie isn't seriously injured.

Update (6:05): Bill Polian told the CBS Sports team that Collie is "sitting up and alert" (according to Jim Nance) after suffering a concussion on the hit above, which is fantastic news given how bad the hit looked on the field.

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Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

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Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:04 pm

Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

nice comment coming from a Colts fan, I am about done with the NFL as well, unfortunately I dont really care about any other sport.  Looks like I will be watching soaps with the wife instead. 

If it was a personal foul give him the catch and take 15 yards from the spot.  If not it is a fumble and let them finish the play. 

When the officials take the game out of the players hands it stops being a sport.  Hopefully Collie gets back on the field quickly and the NFL figures out that injuries can be reduced with proper equipment and technolgy instead of just handing out suspensions and fines. 

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:42 pm

Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

I think head injuries are on a fast track to be the biggest threat to the NFL.  I am happy Collie wasn't injured more seriously, given the hits he took from Mikell, Coleman and then the turf.  Part of that may have been the helmet he was wearing appears to be the Schutt, which offers "better" protection than some of the more common helmets being worn. 

That said, the officials call was wrong.  Clearly, the ball was caught.  It either should have been a fumble which the Eagles recovered or as the officials called it, a personal foul and 15 yards from the catch.  In my opinion, Collie lowered himself while running with the ball and was hit by Mikell into the Coleman.  He wasn't a defenseless receiver he was a ball carrier.  Can you reasonably expect an NFL player to adjust to a player bouncing off another tackle to avoid a helmet to helmet hit. 

It will be interesting to see if there are fines, in other words, after more  time to view and analyze the play....was the correct call made on the field .... a personal foul. 

Maybe the NFL should take a serious look at the health of the players instead of just handing out fines.  A good place to start, require all players upgrade to a newer helmet technology.  There are guys playing out there with 20 year old designs because "they are used to it".   Further, players should be required to wear more padding, many players don't wear leg pads since they became optional in 1995.  According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia inquirer they have 74 words in the rule book about recommending padding and 153 words regarding sock colors.  Padding is required all the way through college but becomes optional in the NFL.  Padding slows down the game too much.  More speed, more excitement, more injuries. 

Lastly, if the NFL really wanted to take care of the players, they would be putting more that 2.2 million a year toward medical research grants.  That  is the total amount for ALL medical grants, (dehydration, knee injuries, heart disease, head, neck spinal cord injuries). 

Lets put that in perspective 20 million over 9 years was annouced by NFL charities last December.  Annual revenues in the NFL are estimated to be 5-6 BILLION, the salary cap was 125 million, Goodell makes 11 million a year himself.  2.2 million a year for medical research is a joke.  

The NFL has clearly become the wealthiest sport in the world and they are doing it at the expense of the players health.   My post will end with these statistics. 

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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:11 pm

Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

Bergie, you obviously don't know what you are talking about. It's not against the rules, Collie had finished making the catch and was running in the open field. He was not a defenseless receiver and therefore the helmet-to-helmet rule does not apply. Every runner is subject to helmet-to-helmet contact. Runners use their helmets as weapons frequently, which is what Collie was doing and, in this instance, he came up on the short end of the stick.

If I were on offense, I would do just what Collie did and attempt to generate helmet to helmet contact. The officials are so overly sensitive to it, that it provides an advantage to the offense.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:06 am

Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

I hope Colie has a quick and full recovery from his injuries.  It's sad whenever someone has to be assisted off the field.  When it all boils down to it is just a game and not worth your life.  
As for people making military comparisons, I think that is a little bit off.  Football you go in with the understanding that you may be injured.  In war you go in with the understanding that you may be injured or killed.  
With both of those things being said, I do not agree with the penalty nor the fine.  It is football, you start changing the basic elements of football then it becomes something else.  The guy had to make that hit to make sure colie couldn't regain balance and continue running.  If he doesn't then he could be benched or cut or be labeled a 'soft' player and next time his contract is up won't get paid as much.  I just think they need to find another solution to this problem, better helmets, mouth pieces.  But you are never going to be able to stop concussions completely until you put flags on the guys.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:28 am

Collie leaves field on stretcher with concussion

So I have watched the video over and over again. I can not see at any point during the play where a helmet to helmet occurred. I do not see where Collie was defensless either. This is FOOTBALL. As tragic as this hit was it was clean. Collie was hot in the shoulders. Coleman could not have changed his path at that point anyway. If he decides in mid stride to stop pursuit and Samuel misses the tackle then Collie has a TD and everyone os Blaming Coleman for being lazy, not to mention in pursuit of the ball and player to dislodge the ball he likely did not even know how close Samuel was. Also his trajectory was in the mid range where the ball would have been had Samuel not made contact. So this was a call based soley on the outcome. The flag was not thrown until Collie laid still on the ground. Bad decision for the ref. This warrants NO fine whatsoever. I feel for Collie and hope for a speedy recovery and return to the playing field.

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