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Did Ansah suffer a concussion? Schwartz won't say

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07:06 AM ET 08.26 | Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah may or may not be dealing with concussion symptoms -- either way, coach Jim Schwartz isn't talking. "I am not going to have any comment on anybody's playing condition," Schwartz said. ... Here's what we know: Ansah took a jarring hit from guard Leroy Harris on Saturday. He left the drill and seemed somewhat dazed as he was looked at by a trainer for about 15 minutes. He returned and finished practice. He came out for practice Sunday but before the team even began stretching, he walked off with a towel over his head, again attended to by a trainer. If he is concussed, he will have to be examined and cleared by an independent doctor, and then be symptom-free for 24 hours. All four starting defensive linemen were out Sunday.

The Detroit News

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August 26, 2013  07:26 AM ET

Stay classy, Schwartz.

August 26, 2013  07:31 AM ET

If somebody doesn't come up with a better football helmet, this game will be completely gone in 15 years.

August 26, 2013  07:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Stay classy, Schwartz.

Different kind of 'classy' obviously.

August 26, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If somebody doesn't come up with a better football helmet, this game will be completely gone in 15 years.

Outside of helmet coated with 4 inches of memory foam. It'll make the NFL look like the pee wee league: giant heads on top of little bodies running around on the field.

August 26, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Different kind of 'classy' obviously.

Schwartz is a different kind of anchor, man.

August 26, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If somebody doesn't come up with a better football helmet, this game will be completely gone in 15 years.

My two cents: They are going about it the wrong way. You cannot change the speed of the game or the size of the player, but you CAN change the density of the material they wear to hit one another with.

The outside of a helmet should have material that gives some and adsorbs some of the impact, ultimate stiff foam type, possibly air layered. Same with the top of your shoulder pads.

Wrap a bat in a layer of strong but supple materiel and it does less damage when it hits you.

Call me crazy, but they should be looking outside in not inside out with equipment.

August 26, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Outside of helmet coated with 4 inches of memory foam. It'll make the NFL look like the pee wee league: giant heads on top of little bodies running around on the field.

Bobble-head football.

August 26, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Is that the same Schwartz who put his tongue on the flagpole in A Christmas Story?

August 26, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

My two cents: They are going about it the wrong way. You cannot change the speed of the game or the size of the player, but you CAN change the density of the material they wear to hit one another with.The outside of a helmet should have material that gives some and adsorbs some of the impact, ultimate stiff foam type, possibly air layered. Same with the top of your shoulder pads.Wrap a bat in a layer of strong but supple materiel and it does less damage when it hits you.Call me crazy, but they should be looking outside in not inside out with equipment.

I think people have proposed this before. The NFL doesn't like this answer because it takes away players launching themselves into each other. It makes the game look more like rugby and less like ESPN highlight reels.

August 26, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Is that the same Schwartz who put his tongue on the flagpole in A Christmas Story?

He had to. He was triple dog dared.

August 26, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I think people have proposed this before. The NFL doesn't like this answer because it takes away players launching themselves into each other. It makes the game look more like rugby and less like ESPN highlight reels.

There is ground in between. The pads are the same underneath, the material is added on top. Nobody sees it. Ah well, back to the drawing board.

August 26, 2013  09:49 AM ET

People don't realize that this league will be borderline done in 5-10 years. There is no helmet or equipment that will enable guys from getting concussed from hits like the ones delivered in today's game. The only way to save the game is to turn it to A) flag football (which would really suck) or B) make each and every player sign a waiver not making the league liable of any medical issues that arise from playing football. The list of retired players who are going broke that sue the league yearly is growing and at this rate as much as I love football to death there won't be any competitive football soon with the way these concussion issues have been piling up and the amount of lawsuits directed at the league as well. Really sucks...

August 26, 2013  09:58 AM ET

I would love to see someone totally freight train Schwartz on the sideline. Do I hear dual crutches here. Can't stand the idiot. He has no choice but to list injuries on the chart for the NFL. They are not allowed to hide anything. Especially head injuries. He should be b*tch slapped.

August 26, 2013  10:12 AM ET

I think I made this point on another thread, but I'll make it again and see if anybody agrees....

15 years ago, if you saw a helmet come off during a play it made the highlight reel. Now it happens 6 times a game in nearly every game - even in preseason.

Players used to not even double snap their strap and the helmets weren't getting popped off hardly ever.

I think a softer helmet might be the answer... Have to keep an eye on the weight of the helmet, but something like rubber would absorb a huge percentage of the shock.

August 26, 2013  10:25 AM ET

I think they need to get the Nascar people on this issue after seeing the wrecks drivers crawl out of and walk away from these days.

August 26, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

... Have to keep an eye on the weight of the helmet, but something like rubber would absorb a huge percentage of the shock.

Yes it would. I don't think they are really trying that hard. appearances are enough to CYA.

August 26, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

People don't realize that this league will be borderline done in 5-10 years. There is no helmet or equipment that will enable guys from getting concussed from hits like the ones delivered in today's game. The only way to save the game is to turn it to A) flag football (which would really suck) or B) make each and every player sign a waiver not making the league liable of any medical issues that arise from playing football. The list of retired players who are going broke that sue the league yearly is growing and at this rate as much as I love football to death there won't be any competitive football soon with the way these concussion issues have been piling up and the amount of lawsuits directed at the league as well. Really sucks...

I've heard interviews with retired NFL players from the 1960s as well as current college players and they all say they would be willing to trade a few years in the NFL for a shortened and potentially crippled life after football. That just seems to be the mentality of some football players. I don't get it because many of them have or will have children and as a parent I want to live as long as possible for my son, a long healthy life.

August 26, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Not sure what kind of helmet would work, because physics dictates when the body's forward motion is abruptly stopped, the brain keeps moving. It is the collision of the brain hitting the inside of the skull that causes the damage.

August 26, 2013  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

My two cents: They are going about it the wrong way. You cannot change the speed of the game or the size of the player, but you CAN change the density of the material they wear to hit one another with.The outside of a helmet should have material that gives some and adsorbs some of the impact, ultimate stiff foam type, possibly air layered. Same with the top of your shoulder pads.Wrap a bat in a layer of strong but supple materiel and it does less damage when it hits you.Call me crazy, but they should be looking outside in not inside out with equipment.

Same argument that is made for hockey soften the pads they are to protect not to injure

 
August 26, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I think a softer helmet might be the answer... Have to keep an eye on the weight of the helmet, but something like rubber would absorb a huge percentage of the shock.

Hmmm a pith helmet

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