Not one … not two … not three brain injuries are going to keep Ladarius Green from the field.
The Chargers tight end participated in practice on Thursday, a day after it was revealed he suffered his second concussion in an 11-day span during Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.
Green reportedly showed up to the team’s facility on Wednesday with “concussion-like symptoms” before doctors made their diagnosis. Coach Mike McCoy said the Chargers would be “cautious” with Green, but not overly so.
“He’ll go through the evaluations throughout the rest of the week, and we’ll go from there,” McCoy said, per the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He’ll have an NFL neurologist look at him like we do with any other player at this point in time.”
Unbelievably, it’s Green’s third concussion in the last nine months, dating back to last season. Green, 25, considers his first concussion, suffered against the Patriots last December, to be the most severe — for what that’s worth.
Somehow, he must have breezed through the league’s concussion protocol, because it’s a tad bizarre that the Chargers would let Green practice not even 24 hours after learning of his latest head trauma. What went from a potential multi-week absence turned into him having a decent chance to suit up this Sunday. Strange turn of events in today’s NFL.
Green, who’s caught 10 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown this season, is doing an admirable job filling in for the suspended Antonio Gates, but would be wise to tread lightly with this matter. Concussions are nothing to play around with — figuratively and literally — and he’s had three too many over a short period of time.
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