Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) gestures from the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
There’s a good chance the Cincinnati Bengals won’t have defensive end Carlos Dunlap or outside linebacker James Harrison this Sunday vs. the Minnesota Vikings, as both plasyers continue to miss practice due to concussions suffered this past Sunday:
This is actually the expected schedule for players dealing with a concussion. The initial treatment is rest, and the team doctors and athletic trainers begin monitoring to see when a player appears to have returned to baseline functioning.
Once symptoms have completely passed, the player again performs more neuropsychological tests interpreted by the team neuropsychologist. There are no pass-fail grades, but only additional data for physicians to consider.
If Harrison and Dunlap are progressing well enough, he’ll be become eligible for increased physical activity and more workouts, such as his ability to practice in a limited vs. full capacity Typically, a player feeling normal one day after the game is able to participate in non-contact aspects of practice on Thursday and return to full practice Friday.
If they are even limited in practice tomorrow, they’re likely out for Sunday.
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