Posted December 26, 2013

Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson hid concussion to stay in game

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Doris Dickerson (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Dorin Dickerson believes he suffered his third concussion on Sunday. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson believes he sustained a concussion on a special teams play in the fourth quarter against the Giants on Sunday.

But he told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein that he didn’t report the concussion until he made two errors in overtime of the 23-20 loss. Dickerson said he “just got knocked out,” and a team spokesperson said Dickerson didn’t say anything about the concussion until after he dropped an open pass and was called for holding on consecutive plays.

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“Got a little concussion. Should have reported it,” Dickerson said. “Thought I could get through it.

“I mean, honestly, probably, after we leave here, I probably won’t remember talking to you guys. I’m not trying to make excuses. I’m just telling the truth. I thought I had a pretty good game up until that play.”

Dickerson, who said he believed it was the third concussion of his career, had one catch for eight yards Sunday.

The third-year man out of Pitt is on his third NFL team. He has 11 career receptions.

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6 comments
ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

Oh please. Do you think that maybe the biggest mistake was having a jerk like this on the team in the first place. The problem with Detroit is they have a lot of players who could either play football or work at McDonalds. Nothing else. 

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

Where did he hide it his sock? You know you have a problem when the guy your trying to evaluate for a concussion doesn't look any different then normal. Oopps. 

northtowntv
northtowntv

All goes back to coaching...coaches need to remind players to not put both your team and yourself at risk if you are hurt.  His WIDE OPEN drop near mid field in OT and then the following play a 10 yard holding penalty was huge.  Sorry, same old Lions.

Whatever
Whatever

This is the hard part about treating players for concussions or holding teams responsible for players receiving concussions. There are few outward physical symptoms to show a concussion unless a player is just knocked out cold or can't stand/walk properly. A player can hide a concussion, and even when being examined by a physician, he can say he doesn't have headaches, light sensitivity, etc. when he does. There's not way for a doctor to truly know if a player is telling the truth or not. And given the mentality of most players to stay in the game at all costs (and the fear of losing their jobs), hiding concussions is probably more widespread than anyone suspects.

mysteryman
mysteryman

Sounds like excuses to me, no accountabilty, it's always something/someones else's fault.

jasonkwalker
jasonkwalker

Thanks for fighting through and helping the team.