The NFL has been celebrating the return of full stadiums and the joy of the game this season. Now that COVID-19 is forcing games to be cancelled, postponed, or moved, things aren’t looking so promising. The virus isn’t the only thing threatening to hurt the reputation of the league this year.
Chargers Tight End Donald Parham suffered a frightening injury during Thursday night’s game between the L.A. Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the latest in a string of traumatic brain injuries that the NFL has been trying desperately to avoid. Brain trauma has become a major point of emphasis for those in charge of making the rules.
The league suffered a second such injury on Sunday. In the game between the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals, Teddy Bridgewater was scrambling for a first down. As he dove across the line to gain, he awkwardly slammed his head into the turf at Empower Field, according to TMZ Sports.
Denver head coach Vic Fangio discussed the scary moment during his post-game press conference. He thinks Bridgewater will be OK. He will be kept in the hospital through Monday for further evaluation.
“Everything has checked out good up to this point. They’re just going to keep him overnight for observations. But they think [he] should be and will be fine. Eventually.”
Earlier in his career, Teddy Bridgewater nearly lost a leg. He suffered an extreme tear of his ACL during a practice with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. Teddy was having a very solid year for the Broncos before the injury. He’s tallied over 3,000 yards through the air to go with 18 passing touchdowns.
The NFL must continue to face down what has become an extremely serious issue in the sport. They also have to do it while they figure out the league wide COVID situation. Player safety will be a major talking point for fans, players, and owners for the foreseeable future.
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