NFC West: King Dunlap

Eric Reid has reached scary territory

November, 13, 2013
Concussion treatment is a hot button subject in the NFL and it could be an issue in San Francisco in the coming days and weeks.

Standout rookie safety Eric Reid suffered his second concussion of the season Sunday in a loss to Carolina. Reid went down hard after a violent collisions with Carolina running back Mike Tolbert. Reid also suffered a concussion in Week 2. He came back the next week.

Like that time, Reid must pass a league test before being cleared to play. However, with multiple concussions, it could become more difficult for players to pass the test. It is not out of the question that Reid misses one or more games. Reid did tell reporters Tuesday he is feeling good.

It is believed that San Diego left tackle King Dunlap suffered his third concussion of the season Sunday. On ESPN’s “NFL Insiders” on Tuesday former St. Louis general manager Billy Devaney said when players get concussed three times in a season a team has to seriously consider placing a player on the injured reserve.

Other NFL players such as Dwight Lowery, Stephen Burton and Matt Conrath have all missed multiple games this season because of concussions. The career of former Detroit running back Jahvid Best ended after three major concussions.

None of this is to suggest Reid is in danger of having his season or his career cut short because of Sunday’s injury. We don’t know enough. But anytime a player suffers multiple head injuries in the same season it is a concern.

Seahawks' Hawthorne active despite knee

December, 1, 2011
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks will have middle linebacker David Hawthorne and cornerback Richard Sherman for their game against Philadelphia on Thursday night. Both players are active after missing practice time with injuries.

Inactive for Seattle: quarterback Josh Portis, safety Jeron Johnson, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Adrian Moten, tackle Jarriel King, tackle Allen Barbre and defensive lineman Pep Levingston.

Inactive for Philadelphia: quarterback Michael Vick, receiver Jeremy Maclin, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, tackle King Dunlap, guard Julian Vandervelde, defensive end Phillip Hunt and the recently signed Greg Lloyd.

Seattle has five wide receivers active despite placing Sidney Rice on injured reserve. Deon Butler, who suffered a career-threatening leg injury at San Francisco last season, is active for the first time this season.

Hawthorne's mobility will be a subject of interest in this game. Knee problems have bothered him at times during the season, including last week. The shortened week of recovery time could work against him.