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Monday, January 27, 2014
NFLN survey/player safety: Colts

By Mike Wells

As I walked around the locker room asking several Indianapolis Colts players if they would play in a game with a concussion as part of the NFL Nation survey, I was expecting at least some of them to say they would not play with one, even if it meant missing the Super Bowl.

It was the complete opposite.

All 10 players said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion because they feel like the NFL’s policy is too strict. And there was no hesitation from any of them in answering the question.

Safety is obviously important, but I understand why the players would be willing to try to play with a concussion. That could be their only chance at reaching the Super Bowl in their career.

The Colts had their fair share of players who dealt with concussions this season.

Tight end Coby Fleener had one in the preseason. Offensive lineman Joe Reitz and safety LaRon Landry suffered concussions during the regular season. Each of them had to pass the league’s concussion protocol before being able to play in a game.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles suffered a concussion on their opening drive in the playoff game against the Colts. The Chiefs led by 28 points in the third quarter, but they ended up losing the game 45-44. It’s uncertain how severe Charles’ concussion was, but the Chiefs would have likely won the game if he had been able to return.