NFL Sideline Concussion Testing Not Effective


The only thing more troubling than the hit that rattled Calvin Johnson’s brain was what happened when he finally got back up.


The Detroit Lions’ star receiver had leaped gracefully to catch a pass thrown by Matt Stafford, but the ball sailed just beyond his grasp. Johnson was still airborne when Chad Greenway of the arch-rival Minnesota Vikings hit him squarely in the face mask with the crown of his helmet. The league’s best receiver landed in a heap, writhing on the turf. Ford Field fell silent. Greenway backed away, hands on his head, visibly shaken.


Trainers rushed to Johnson’s aid. Minutes later, they led him from the field. Upon reaching the sideline, Johnson fell to his knees and clutched his head. If ever there was a defining image...

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