Concussions are rearing their ugly head in today’s NFL landscape again thanks to the incidents involving Tua Tagovailoa when the Dolphins QB suffered back to back concussions on a short week that left him on the ground, postured with his hands flexed above his chest in one of the most difficult to watch scenes you’ll ever see on a football field.
The QB facing Tua that game was Joe Burrow, who recently appeared on Colin Cowheard’s podcast and was asked about if he had ever suffered a concussion and what it was like.
Though Burrow admitted he had suffered at least one, his comments didn’t seem dire by any stretch of the imagination, but the descriptions of the injuries and what they caused seemed of very high concern.
“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Burrow said. The remarks came while Burrow was discussing the side effects of concussions in the wake of Tua Tagovailoa’s recent injury. “I’ve had games in high school and college that maybe I don’t remember the rest of the game but don’t have any side effects other than that. I don’t know if you would call that a concussion or not but definitely some kind of head injury for sure.”
Burrow said that every individual is different when it comes to concussions. According to Burrow, he “wouldn’t go back out there” if he had a concussion. But his focus is to try to help the team win, understanding the physical nature of football.
“This is a violent game that I think we signed up for — the knee injuries and arm injuries and the whole thing,” Burrow said.
Burrow reiterated that it’s important to “take head injuries very seriously,” particularly when experiencing symptoms.
“I have never experienced a concussion like that where I am just knocked out,” Burrow said. “If I do, I’m definitely going to take it very cautiously. If I present symptoms, I’m going to tell the training staff and get myself out of there.”