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Browns Head Physician Says to Rookies That Hiding Concussions is a Major Issue

Sounds like all the hoopla from last season with the (non) concussion that QB Colt McCoy suffered against the Steelers late in the season has made an impact on how the Browns are going to do business moving forward.

Pro Football Talk reports that the Browns head physician, Dr. Mark Schickendantz, spoke at the rookie symposium, and talked about the issues with concussions and what’s the best way to deal with it.

Dr. Mark Schickendantz, the head physician for the Cleveland Browns, told rookies that concealing head injuries and concussions is a major problem in the NFL, and that the players need to take it upon themselves to alert team doctors when they’re feeling symptoms.

“Don’t try to hide it,” Schickendantz said. “A little ding is not just a little ding.”

Schickendantz seems like a strange choice for the NFL to present as an expert on concussions because last season’s most infamous undiagnosed concussion happened on his watch. Browns quarterback Colt McCoy took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison, suffered a concussion, and was cleared to go back into the game anyway. Browns President Mike Holmgren said afterward that Schickendantz checked McCoy out and “was looking at his face and his eyes” and didn’t think McCoy had suffered a concussion.

At the rookie symposium, Shickendantz said the league cares about the players’ well-being.

“Our only agenda is your health and safety,” he said. “It’s about you, not about us.”

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