Marcus Trufant, John Carlson and the Truth About NFL Head Injuries

January 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Not so much ugly as it is sobering, the truth about concussions in the NFL is that the very injuries that threaten the post-football lives of players happen when you least expect them.
High-speed collisions between two men who weigh in excess of 250 pounds and traverse 40 yards in less than four and a half seconds are not prerequisites for disaster.
That much was clear on Sunday.
And there’s not much the NFL can do about it, which is the truly scary part.
Seattle tight end John Carlson and cornerback Marcus Trufant each were carted off the field during the Seahawks’ 35-24 divisional round loss at Chicago, suffering concussions in a manner to which we aren’t exactly accustomed in this era of head injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet assaults and mid-air devastation.
Three minutes into the game, Carlson landed hard on his shoulder and head after being upended by Chicago defensive back Danieal Manning along the sideline. Trufant, who sustained a c...

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