Two weeks ago, against the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown was forced to leave the game early because an official noticed he looked disoriented after a big hit. St. Brown said he experienced a short period of dizziness on the field. After going through some testing on the sideline, it was determined he was fit to return to the game, and he was officially ruled, “out.” The Lions clearly missed their No. 1 receiver as they only ended up scoring six points in the game.
What did Amon-Ra St. Brown say about being pulled from game?
On Thursday, St. Brown spoke to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, and though he does not necessarily agree with being pulled from the Lions' game against the Cowboys, he does appreciate that the league is looking out for his future.
“'Cause at the end of the day, football doesn’t last forever and your brain is the most important thing in our body besides our heart,” he said. “I mean, I want to be able to have a thinking brain when I’m older, don’t want anything wrong, so I’m glad they’re looking out for me but at the moment I definitely was pissed.”
Brown added that he sees both the good and the potential problems that could arise with the NFL's new concussion protocol.
“It’s tough,” he said. “I mean, we’re all competitors out there. We all want to play. We do appreciate them looking out for us. I feel like concussions is such a — it’s such a fine line. We don’t know what is, what isn’t, and obviously it’s not normal to stumble after getting hit, so — but I just feel like, there’s going to come a point in the season, maybe not on our team, but a certain team, a player that a team really needs … it’s going to happen to one of them and I just hope that if he is OK and truly is feeling fine, passes all the tests, that he can still go in the game and help his team win. Whether that’s in the playoffs, Super Bowl, whatever it is. But like I said, it’s hard 'cause I appreciate them trying to look out for us.”Via Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press