Tom Brady insists players do indeed get evaluated after entering the concussion protocol. On Sunday Night Football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate collided with teammate Chris Godwin near the end of the first half.
Brate was slow to get off the field and it was obvious that he had likely sustained a concussion. But Brate returned to the field and received three targets, before the Buccaneers announced at halftime that he was being evaluated for the concussion protocol.
That happened just a few days after the Tua Tagovailoa head injury and the controversy regarding the regularity of the concussion protocol in the NFL.
Brady: Those protocols are all being evaluated
“I think those (protocols) are all being evaluated, no doubt,” Brady said on his podcast.
“But at the same time, again, I think so much is focused kind of on the aftermath of that. What can we do in advance in order to help us athletes be in a position where we can deal with the physical elements of sports? Because you’re not going to be able to take them out of sports.
That’s just not the reality”. After the game, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said Brate initially complained about shoulder discomfort and that's why he wasn't called out for the remainder of the game.
“No one ever wants to see anyone get hurt, no one ever wants to see anyone injured, no one ever wants to see a concussion, but they happen,” Brady added. “And I think, how do we deal with them in the best possible way? What are the best practices associated with prevention of them, as well as, if you do get them, how do you recover as quickly as possible?” Meanwhile, the Buccaneers fell to a 2-2 record after suffering a 41-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.