Cribbs says players hide concussions

December, 14, 2011
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Cleveland's Josh Cribbs says quarterback Colt McCoy returning to the game with a concussion isn't an isolated incident.

“A lot of guys don’t report concussions,” the wide receiver told The Canton Repository.

Cribbs said players are willing to take the risk of playing with a head injury because they don't want to get labeled as injury-prone, which could hurt their chances of staying in the league. “Guys are thinking they’ve got to support their families,” Cribbs told the paper.

This serves as the perfect example of why independent neurologists are needed on the sidelines to make the decision as to whether a player can return to the game or not after taking a shot to the head.

The NFL and NFL Players Association sent doctors to Cleveland to speak with the Browns' medical staff about how the situation with McCoy was handled. On Tuesday, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote an email to The Cleveland Plain Dealer that stated: "We can't speculate on [possible club discipline]. The commissioner will want to hear the facts from the review, which includes consulting with members of our Head, Neck and Spine committee."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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