The Redskins’ Montae Nicholson Was Left Violently Twitching After Terrifying Helmet-to-Helmet Hit
He returned to the game 30 minutes later.
— Domonique Foxworth (@Foxworth24) October 15, 2017
There’s no denying that football players at all levels are subject to concussions. Those who watched the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers face off on Sunday saw a dramatic example of head trauma’s terrifying effects in real time.
Towards the end of the second half, Redskins rookie Montae Nicholson took a direct hit to the head that sent his helmet flying and left him convulsing on the field for seconds after the end of the play.
Here’s another look:
Pierre Garcon demolishes Montae Nicholson at the end of a run.
— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) October 15, 2017
Even so, he was medically cleared during halftime and returned to the game 30 minutes later.
Montae Nicholson was evaluated for a potential concussion and a shoulder injury, has been cleared of a concussion and has returned to game.
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 15, 2017
Montae Nicholson, who was down on the field injured for nearly five minutes in first half, has returned to the game.
— Charlie Broaddus (@CharlieBroaddus) October 15, 2017
The incident prompted a heated debate among fans who disagreed on the severity of the injury and whether Nicholson should been put back in.
@Deluxe2481 he kept running in place after he got knocked out and his foot started shaking, scary !
— Bryce Hartzell (@BryceHartzell) October 15, 2017
I would disagree. He was out cold.
— Bryce Hartzell (@BryceHartzell) October 16, 2017
What’s bad about that? It’s football, it happens
— Miguel Alfaro (@24_Miguel_24) October 15, 2017
@CraigHoffman how is Montae Nicholson back out there after being out cold.
— Cory (@Cory_kidd) October 15, 2017
what about CTE? He and all of them need more x-rays or MR I! Don't let these players get to that Please! Find better protection
— Kathylasota2935@gmai (@kathylasota2935) October 16, 2017
In light of recent research that found widespread degenerative brain disease among deceased NFL players, incidents like this are even scarier.
What do you think?