The Patriots suddenly have a list of new injuries to work through as they look toward a Sunday night matchup with Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions.
Chief among them are two key players who suffered concussions. Trey Flowers had to leave after just seven snaps against the Jaguars on Sunday, taking a leg to his helmet from teammate Keionta Davis and momentarily getting knocked unconscious.
Safety Patrick Chung is also dealing with a concussion suffered on Sunday, but there’s an added wrinkle to his situation. He momentarily left the game then came back in, before later leaving for good. As a result, the NFL and NFLPA are looking into whether Chung played with a concussion, which would violate their own policies.
“A joint review by the NFL and NFLPA of the application of the Concussion Protocol regarding New England safety Patrick Chung during the Patriots-Jaguars game is underway,” the league said in a statement.
Bill Belichick was asked during a Tuesday conference call if he knew anything about when Chung suffered his concussion, or how the league handled it. He explained that he’s a coach, not a doctor.
“Yeah, that’s really a medical question that I can’t answer,” said Belichick. “If the player is medically cleared to play, then it’s a coaching decision. If he’s not medically cleared then it’s not a coaching decision. We’re out of it. It’s a medical decision. It really falls into one of those two categories.”
Determining whether to pull a player for a concussion test, or to clear players to return to games, is the responsibility of league-appointed independent medical professionals. Not Belichick. So thoughts and prayers to anyone who accuses the head coach of cheating on this one.
Wise Dislocates Finger
Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise has had an up-and-down start to his sophomore season, with surprisingly limited snaps. His game got cut short on Sunday, apparently due to a dislocated finger.
The Athletic’s Jeff Howe tweeted on Monday night that Wise is dealing with a finger dislocation that his source said is “not too serious of an issue.”
It was at least bad enough that they didn’t want to show Wise’s injury to the TV cameras, Gordon Hayward-style. Wise played 54 snaps on Sunday prior to the injury, but that was necessitated due to Flowers’ injury. He played just 23 snaps against the Texans in Week 1, but made a real impact with 1.5 sacks.
If Wise isn’t ready to go for Sunday night, Derek Rivers will likely (finally) see his first NFL action. Losing Chung may be an even bigger issue than Flowers or Wise, though. If he can’t play, Nate Ebner is likely next in line for the defense.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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