Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate suffered a concussion late in the first half of Sunday’s 41-31 loss to the Chiefs, but continued to play before he was ultimately ruled out in the second half.
The NFL might have another concussion controversy on its hands. This comes just days after the Tua Tagovailoa concussion controversy.
Brate ran into Bucs WR Chris Godwin after a nine-yard reception with just over 1:30 remaining in the half, and appeared disoriented after hitting his head on the turf. He remained down on the field motionless for several seconds before he got back on his feet and jogged gingerly to the sideline.
Buccaneers Head Coach Todd Bowles said after the game that Brate remained in the protocol. When asked why Brate returned to the game after the hit, Bowles said he wasn’t sure what happened. “I didn’t exactly see what happened when he came back in the game so I’ve got to look at the film to see that,” Bowles said.
On Saturday, the NFL & NFLPA issued a joint statement suggesting change to current, concussion protocols. The statement came after the mistakes made with Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion evaluation. The unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who examined Tagovailoa during the Bills game was relieved of his duties on Saturday.
Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate. Photo courtsey of The New York Post