The NFL saw a massive increase in the number of concussions suffered during the 2019 preseason, including one that has sidelined Redskins tight end Jordan Reed ever since according to an ESPN report.
There were 49 players that suffered a concussion during the 2019 preseason, compared to just 34 during the 2018 preseason, according to data the NFL released on Tuesday. That's a 44 percent increase in just one year. NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told ESPN that the majority of such concussions were caused by direct helmet-to-helmet hits, a play the league has tried to eliminate for several years.
The data was reportedly presented at the NFL owner's meeting, which took place Tuesday in Florida.
Reed suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet collision from safety Keanu Neal on August 22 vs. the Atlanta Falcons. It was the tight end's seventh documented concussion since college and his fourth in the NFL. He spent the first five weeks inactive, hoping for a comeback before the Redskins placed him on Injured Reserve last week.
With Reed ineligible to return until Week 14, and with the Redskins likely to be out of the playoff hunt by then, there's a solid chance he misses the entire season due to concussion. NFL teams are only allowed to activate two players from the Injured Reserve list each season after each player has spent eight weeks on the list.
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There may be no victory parade until next spring, but the WNBA Champion Mystics will be honored in front of 40,000-plus people in the nation's capital on Tuesday.
The Mystics' tremendous season will be recognized in front of a likely sold-out crowd at Nationals Park prior to the Nats' NLCS Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, the team announced on Monday.
Additionally, WNBA MVP Elena Della Donne will throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch. Head coach Mike Thibault will be involved in pregame festivities as well.
This comes after the Mystics took home their first-ever WNBA title last Thursday, defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in a decisive Game 5.
Being honored at Nationals Park will be the latest of quite the celebrations from the Mystics. They earned props from President Barack Obama and were featured on Good Morning America Monday morning.
Congratulations to the Mystics, and props to the Nationals for honoring the latest champions from Washington, D.C.
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The play of Redskins rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been without a doubt the best storyline of an otherwise disappointing season in Washington.
He's already made NFL history, becoming the first rookie wide receiver to score a touchdown and record at least five receptions in his first three NFL games. On Sunday, McLaurin continued to build on his already impressive rookie season, finding the end zone twice against the Dolphins.
In the second quarter with the score still tied at zero, McLaurin ran a gorgeous route, faking a deep post before cutting back to the left corner of the end zone. Quarterback Case Keenum found No. 17 perfectly in stride, as the rookie hauled in his fourth touchdown of the season to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead.
On his second touchdown, the rookie was lined up in the slot with Miami playing zone coverage. McLaurin beat the initial Dolphins cornerback off the line, and Keenum found the opening in the zone along the left sideline for an easy, wide-open touchdown.
After initially celebrating with his teammates, the rookie had a special treat for someone in the stands. McLaurin walked over to the front row of the Hard Rock Stadium and gave one young Redskins fan a moment he will never forget.
In five games, McLaurin has five touchdowns, 408 yards, and 23 receptions. And counting.
While the Redskins won't be making any noise in the playoffs, the Ohio State product is certainly making his case for the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
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