Even for a guy with little or no known concussion history, sustaining just one can cost him a game.
That was the case for Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse. He was concussed in the Aug. 3 Family Night scrimmage and then missed the preseason opener at San Diego on Aug. 9. He returned to practice this week and played in last night’s preseason game against Cleveland.
After the game, Newhouse said he had never sustained a concussion in high school or college but had what he called “a mild one my rookie year and was out for like a day.”
Maybe with the tougher concussion guidelines in now, Newhouse would have missed more than a day back in 2010, but either way it’s not like he has a long concussion history. Regardless, Newhouse said he was playing it safe this time.
“It’s one of those risk/reward things of the temporarily feeling of being there for your team — obviously if you’re healthy, you’re healthy, if you’re not, you’re not — is not worth brain damage for the rest of my life,” Newhouse said after last night’s game. “It’s just not. I’m committed to the Packers and the team, that’s not a question, but it’s all about being smart about it.”
“You think about the 40s, 50s 60s when there was no knowledge about concussions. You see the damage it’s done now. With all the resources we have, I feel I should be utilizing it. There’s a difference between a concussion and maybe being dinged up, there’s a difference. Being smart, me personally, it’s not something to toy with.”
A week after Herb Taylor struggled in Newhouse’s left tackle spot, Newhouse’s return seemed to solidify the pass protection.
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