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Kamu Grugier-Hill admits to lying about concussion to stay in game

Kamu Grugier-Hill admits to lying about concussion to stay in game

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on Thursday admitted that when he suffered his concussion in Miami two weeks ago, he lied to medical personnel to stay in the game.

He told them he hurt his shoulder.

“I just basically lied to them,” Grugier-Hill said. “I thought it would just go away. Just didn’t really say anything about it. It got to the point where I really couldn’t lie to them anymore.”

The concussion happened on the first play from scrimmage in the game against the Dolphins, when the starting linebacker collided with receiver DeVante Parker. That means he played a total of 54 combined defensive and special teams snaps with a concussion that game.

Eventually, when the headaches didn’t subside, Grugier-Hill reported the concussion symptoms to trainers on Thursday, four days after the head shot. He was put in the NFL’s concussion protocol and missed the Giants game. He has since been cleared and will return to action in Washington this weekend.

Grugier-Hill, 25, said he had never had a concussion before and didn’t know exactly what it felt like. Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles encourage all their players to report concussion symptoms and self police.

Does Grugier-Hil regret his decision?

“No,” he said. “I mean, I wish we would have at least got a win.”

There’s no questioning Grugier-Hill’s loyalty but lying to medical staff about a brain injury is nothing to be praised; it’s dangerous. But at least Grugier-Hill was honest about his decision — plenty of players aren’t.

And this certainly wasn’t the first time — nor will it be the last — that a player decides to stay in a game even though they know they might be concussed.

Back in 2015, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins admitted he played through more than an entire half against the Cowboys with a concussion. After eventually getting through the protocol, Jenkins said he felt “foggy” for the entire second half.

That’s the hole in the NFL’s concussion policy. The league has concussion spotters in the press box at every game and has made strides to prevent and detect these head injuries earlier, but players are still willing to put their long-term health on the line to stay in games. And Eagles medical personnel can’t treat a concussion they don’t know exists. It’s a hard problem to fix.

As far as the league has come, concussions are still far too normalized in the sport.

“I think it’s just part of the game,” Grugier-Hill said. “You get rocked a little bit every once in a while.”

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After being released by Eagles, Mack Hollins claimed by Dolphins

After being released by Eagles, Mack Hollins claimed by Dolphins

For the fans who thought the Eagles should have just left Mack Hollins in Miami, it turns out it actually would have been a good idea.

Hollins, who endured his eighth straight game without a catch Sunday in Miami, was claimed by the Dolphins Wednesday, one day after the Eagles released him.

By claiming him, the Dolphins inherit Hollins’ rookie contract, which he signed with the Eagles in 2016. He’s due $151,764 for the rest of this year and $735,000 if he’s with the Dolphins on this contract next year. Hollins earned $1,971,903 with the Eagles. 

Hollins caught 26 passes for 351 yards and one touchdown in 28 games with the Eagles, plus one nine-yard reception in the 2017 playoff win over the Falcons. He missed all of last year with an injury.

Hollins was a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina in 2017. He has good size at 6-foot-4, good enough speed to average 20.6 yards per catch in college, and he’s only 26. He was just never able to find his way in an Eagles uniform.

Hollins played seven snaps on offense and 10 on special teams Sunday in the Dolphins’ win over the Eagles. He’s played 204 snaps since he last caught a pass in the Eagles’ win over the Packers.

He actually had decent back-to-back games against the Falcons and Lions, catching 9-for-112 in those losses. But he’s caught just one pass since.

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Doug Pederson delivers damning admission morning after embarrassing loss

Doug Pederson delivers damning admission morning after embarrassing loss

Just after the Eagles lost on Sunday night, Doug Pederson called the Miami Dolphins a “good” football team.

The Dolphins, of course, are not a good football team.

They came into Sunday’s game ranked at or near the bottom of every major statistical category, including point differential, where they were minus-183. That team erased a 14-point second-half deficit to beat an Eagles team that came into 2019 with Super Bowl aspirations.

On Monday morning, Pederson was on the WIP Morning Show and said what we all kind of suspected.

“They played harder than we did,” Pederson said. “That’s why I say I’m disappointed, because of that. They wanted this one a little bit more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t. That’s what it boiled down to.”

That’s a pretty damning admission from a head coach.  

And guess what?

This is on Pederson.

On one sideline yesterday was a team that had just two wins, a franchise that was actively trying to lose. On the other was a team with a chance to snap a losing streak and move into a tie for first place in its division.

Which team do you think should have wanted it more?

Angelo Cataldi quickly followed up with Pederson after he admitted the Dolphins played harder.

“I just think you look at certain plays,” Pederson tried to explain. “I don’t think overall that was the case. You just look at certain plays. DeVante Parker elevating and making a play, their tight end making a play. We had people in position and yet they made the play and we didn’t. I told the team this after the game, our effort in the football game, we played hard, we played tough. It’s none of that. It’s the fact that they made the plays and we didn’t.”

Pederson was also pressed about his assessment of the Dolphins, calling them a “good” team. He said their tape showed a different story than their 2-9 record.

Maybe that’s true. Maybe the Dolphins were a little better than the stats indicated.

But the Eagles were supposed to be the better team! By a long shot!

“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry,” Pederson said to open the interview. “And I’m probably more so mad at myself. I feel like the things that I mentioned after the game, the things I even mentioned to the team about our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that, that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. Because I felt like, and I think most people felt like, we were the better football team.”

The better team apparently didn’t want it enough. That's on the head coach.

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