Lost in the spotlight surrounding Peyton Manning after the Denver Broncos win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night is a questionable decision by the Chargers concerning the health of defensive back Jahleel Addae.
Addae took a vicious hit on the first play of the game and looked like he should have been done for the night. Instead, Addae remained in the game for 54 of a total 71 defensive snaps for the Chargers.
Here is the first play of the game:
This play followed shortly thereafter:
Jahleel Addae said he was administered concussion test on sideline and passed. Suffered stinger on 4th-quarter play on which he was wobbly.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) October 24, 2014
John Gennaro of Bolts From The Blue was furious with the Chargers for allowing Addae to stay in, as he wrote in his recap:
I'm not a doctor, but that certainly looks like a seizure. At the very least, it looks like someone who is having some brain issues. It looks like someone who took a big hit in the head while playing with a concussion. Again, Addae stayed in the game.
Do the Chargers even care about the health of their players? Would they have cared more about Addae's injuries if he were a starting player? How can a man collapse on the field and then have what appears to be a seizure on national television and not be noticed by anyone working for the team, when it was easily noticed by many fans and media members?
A similar issue happened with former Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman back in 2011. Dielman sustained a concussion against the New York Jets but remained in the game. On the plane ride home, Dielman suffered a serious seizure, ultimately ending his career.