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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
NFLPA and NFL soon are expected to agree to new protocols in which any time any player demonstrates any instability, he is not allowed to return to the game. The rule could go into effect as early as week 5.
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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
Veteran EDGE Ryan Anderson looking like he'll play first game since 2020. Josh Jackson CB help with Ahkello Witherspoon out.
We have elevated LB Ryan Anderson and CB Josh Jackson from the practice squad to the Active/Inactive roster for Sunday's game. @BordasLaw steelers.com/news/steelers-e…
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It's a start. But there werr other opportunities to catch that mistake and protect the player. That's the whole point of the concussion protocol.
Source confirms that the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant that conducted the exam on Tua has been terminated following their interview in which investigators determined errors had been made.
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Witherspoon ruled out but no injury designation (i.e., questionable) for all other players listed means they will be available on Sunday.
Ahkello Witherspoon ruled out for Sunday & Cameron Sutton added to the Friday injury report as limited with a groin injury #Steelers #NFL
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Oh boy. Missing both starting CBs could be rough going on Sunday.
Ahkello Witherspoon listed as out for Sunday, while Cameron Sutton became limited in Friday’s practice due to a groin injury. #Steelers
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This. Well said, Alex. As a HC, Mike Tomlin cares about each and every player.
Thinking about how the Dolphins handled Tua over the past week. Compare that to Mike Tomlin, who held Ryan Clark out of the Denver game due to his sickle cell - despite him being medically cleared - in case something happened. "I got an obligation to safeguard him."
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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
The Steelers signed DB Mark Gilbert to the practice squad and released C Ryan McCollum from the practice squad, per team on Friday #Steelers #NFL
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Good news that he is moving all extremities.
Tua Tagovailoa has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. He is conscious and has movement in all his extremities.
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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 for tua. May god be with you and hopefully okay. The staff in UC hospital do a great job with care. Your in great hands. #DolphinsvsBengals
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The league will investigate and fine the team. And then nothing will change. Beyond frustrating.
The NFL has a lot of questions to answer after this one.
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From before the game tonight...
If Tua takes the field tonight, it's a massive step back for #concussion care in the NFL. If he has a 2nd concussion that destroys his season or career, everyone involved will be sued & should lose their jobs, coaches included. We all saw it, even they must know this isn't right
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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
The fencing response is an immediate “no-go” symptom under leagues concussion protocols. The NFL-NFLPA are already investigating how the concussion protocol was handled last week, after Tua staggered (another, in theory, no-go symptom).
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100%. I still don't buy that it was back spasms last Sunday. And if Tua really had a concussion 4 days ago, it wouldn't take much of a hit to aggravate the injury.
Many signals were there to give Tua more time after the game against the #Bills, the hit he took in that game, with the next one on deck on a short week......
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There was never a good chance that Witherspoon would be ready for Week 4. Hamstring injuries = missed games.
still no practice for Witherspoon and it look like Larry O got the day off on Thursday #Steelers #NFL
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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
still no practice for Witherspoon and it look like Larry O got the day off on Thursday #Steelers #NFL
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Ha ha ha, this is next level Belichik.
The #Dolphins noticed people watching their walkthrough Wednesday in Cincinnati, so they made a sly adjustment: All the clips circulating on Twitter have 12 players on offense. Fake plays? Fake routes on real plays? Either way, Mike McDaniel and company staying one step ahead.
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The difference between a thoughtful take (CC) and click bait (PZ).
Melvin Ingram got on the field in all 6 games for the #Steelers last year, and averaged 43+ snaps/game. He averages 39+ this year. Also, the 2 OLB ahead of him were TJ Watt & Alex Highsmith. Watt tied the NFL sack record last year, and Highsmith leads the NFL in sacks this year.
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Melanie Friedlander retweeted
Kevin Dotson just confirmed to me he was a full participant in today’s practice. Said the ankle issue happened during the third quarter, and didn’t even think it was significant enough for the injury report.
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Promising for Minkah getting cleared to play Sunday.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was in the concussion protocol, was back out at Steelers practice today in shoulder pads and a helmet. “It was nice to have him out there moving around, running around,” Terrell Edmunds said.
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Very tough injury for a DL. Unless it's minor, it's season-ending.
#Ravens DT Michael Pierce suffered a biceps tear in Sunday’s win, sources say, but there is not definitive word yet on how to proceed and if Pierce can continue playing at some point this season. Those tests and decisions are ongoing.
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