The NFL took a closer look at concussion protocol this season after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa plagued many fans with injuries in back-to-back weeks early in the season.
Tagovailoa’s concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals led the league and the NFL Players Association to revise rules about protocol and when players must be removed from the game. The reviews were put to the test Monday night in a game between the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals.
The play in question occurred in the first quarter. Mac Jones took the snap and was looking for DeVante Parker down the field. Parker caught the ball but landed on his face on the ground. It seemed that Parker was struggling to get up from the ground and was in a daze.
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Nelson Agholor dropped to his knees on the ground and yelled towards his sideline to try to stop the play and get help for Parker, who was clearly struggling. Parker managed to line up for the next play anyway, but Agholor was clearly outraged and eventually the play was stopped. Parker left the game with a head injury.
Agholor drew praise from Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf in a recent interview with Fox News Digital for stepping in and trying to help stop the play.
“I know a lot of players would have done what Nelson Agholor did and asked someone to come help their brother because we’re all brothers,” Metcalf explained. “We know what we’re in for. We put on those shoulder pads, a helmet and we know this is a dangerous game and at any moment it could be your last play or at any moment anything could happen.”
PATRIOTS’ NELSON AGHOR BEGS FOR PLAY TO STOP WHILE DEVANTE PARKER LOOKS DAZY AFTER SCATCH
“So, we know what we signed. But like I said, Nelson Agholor was just one of everyone else in the league who would have done the same thing if he’d seen his teammate or brother showing signs like that.”
The Seahawks have defied expectations this year and have the playoffs in their sights. Metcalf explained to Fox News Digital what it will take to make the postseason.
“All we have to do is start playing together as a team and cheer each other on and be excited and happy for each other,” Metcalf said. “When one person is successful, then the team is successful. We just have to learn to play as a team, play together because we have all the pieces to make a career.”
Metcalf spoke to Fox News Digital on behalf of Gatorade. Metcalf partnered with the company for its latest campaign featuring Fast Twitch, a caffeinated energy drink. Metcalf said that following in the footsteps of some of the most iconic athletes to have been associated with the brand before him meant a lot to him.
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“You grow up watching players like Michael Jordan and Usain Bolt, all part of the Gatorade family, and I’ll even include Serena Williams in there as well, but being part of a lineage of athletes, GOAT, like that means a lot to me. I’m just trying to get there. to where they are today,” he said.