On the day Rams offensive lineman David Edwards cleared concussion protocol and announced he would face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the NFL Players Union issued a statement Friday calling on the NFL to implement protocol changes immediately. announced.
Union action spurred Friday after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left and was allowed to return after suffering a head injury on Sept. 25 against the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa then injured his head and neck in his September 29 game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
“Our union has agreed to change our concussion protocol to prevent players from returning to play in the event of an incident similar to the one seen on September 25,” the NFLPA statement said. “To protect our players immediately, we hope that these changes will take effect before this weekend’s game, and that the NFL will have accepted the changes by then.”
In response, the NFL issued a statement.
“As we have discussed with the NFLPA, we agree that changes to joint protocols between the NFL and the NFLPA are necessary to further improve player safety. We spoke with a leading unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant and independent certified athletic trainer who acted as spotters to discuss these possible changes with members of the
Starting left guard Edwards sat out Monday’s 24-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers after self-reporting symptoms last Friday.
The Rams’ injury-plagued line gave up seven sacks against the 49ers and now faces a Cowboys defense that ranks second in the league with 15 sacks.
Coach Sean McVay is happy to have Edwards back.
“This is great stability,” says McVay.
Edwards, 25, said he absorbed a “shot” during practice.
But that night, while playing with the kids, he said he “didn’t feel good.”
Edwards attended a team meeting the next day.
“I told myself that if I still wasn’t feeling well, I had to say something,” he said.
Edwards reported his symptoms to Reggie Scott, the Rams’ vice president of sports medicine and performance, and also spoke with McVay and the team’s medical personnel before entering concussion protocol.
McVay said last week, “We shouldn’t be too cautious about some of these things,” and Edwards said, “In particular, [Tagovailoa] situation that occurred. “
Asked on Friday if he was affected by the situation in Tagovailoa, Edwards said he was not.
“It was the first time in my life that I didn’t feel right,” he said. “I felt obligated to speak up and say something to my family and myself.”
Edwards said he still feels “horrible that I couldn’t be with you guys like I was letting them down.”
But he said he learned from playing through a shoulder injury during his final season at the University of Wisconsin in 2018.
“I owed myself and my family something to say,” he said. “Here’s one of them. Scanning his shoulder and saying he’s been out for six weeks from four weeks. Scanning his own brain and saying he’s been out for four to six weeks.” You can not.
“It’s like how you feel.”
Offensive tackle Rob Havenstein and injured center Brian Allen were among teammates who provided support, Edwards said. But he said he felt “almost hopeless” watching his teammates play against the 49ers without him.
“You’re watching guys out there fighting and you just want to be there, but you’re sitting on the couch doing nothing,” he said. You know what I’m saying when you’re sitting in the yard watching a soccer game and you should be outside?
“That was the hard part.”