Arizona Cardinals’ defensive finish J.J. Watt posted an alarming Tweet Sunday morning simply hours earlier than kickoff of the staff’s recreation on the east coast towards the Carolina Panthers. Watt said that some information about him had been leaked and was going to be reported in the present day. Instantly, most who caught this tweet had been in all probability racking their brains and considering, okay, what occurred? From there, Watt went on to elucidate the next.
“I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my coronary heart shocked again into rhythm on Thursday, and I’m taking part in in the present day. That’s it.”
Wow! I don’t suppose anybody anticipated to listen to that about Watt. Everyone seems to be relieved that Watt is out of the hospital and seemingly “alright,” however the truth that he plans to play on this recreation in the present day solely 4 days after having his coronary heart shocked again into rhythm is horrifying.
If the Cardinals gained’t do it, somebody from the league workplace or the NFLPA must step in and power him to take a seat this recreation out. After what we’ve seen prior to now week, with Tua Tagovailoa struggling two concussions in lower than 5 days, Watt must be held out of Arizona’s recreation in the present day.
No, Watt didn’t maintain an damage to his head, however his coronary heart was shocked so it could work correctly. Even when Watt was cleared by his personal impartial physician, precautions must be taken simply in case. Sure, it’s soccer, we all know that, and everyone is hard. It’s important to be powerful to make it within the NFL, however these gamers additionally want safety from themselves relating to their well being. It doesn’t matter if atrial fibrillation isn’t “thought of” too critical. Take additional precautionary measures and watch out.
Final week, throughout protection of the Tua incidents, a number of former NFL gamers had been requested about head accidents together with others and in the event that they’d ever lied to get again right into a recreation. The reply was a powerful YES. Former Patriots and Chargers All-Professional security Rodney Harrison went on Dan Patrick’s present and admitted to mendacity about head accidents and others. Harrison says he lied each time he had an damage to proceed taking part in.
Patrick additionally instructed a narrative about Steelers legend Hines Ward grabbing his ankle after getting his “bell rung” as a result of he didn’t wish to come out of a recreation. It doesn’t matter if it’s the top or the guts. If it includes both, that participant must be additional evaluated and compelled to take a seat out a recreation. We will’t proceed to gamble with these guys’ lives.
If Watt finally ends up taking part in at 4:05 p.m., it might be the largest story of the day on the heels of what occurred with Tagovailoa over the past week. Left as much as them, NFL gamers will select to play just about each time. The league doesn’t need dangerous PR, but they proceed to ask it at each flip.
The NFL is just too involved about trivial issues like gamers celebrating or not carrying the “appropriate” socks. The league fined Lions operating again Jamaal Williams for a landing dance final week that will have been somewhat too provocative for his or her liking. A participant may be put in hurt’s approach after clearly wanting concussed and allowed to play a number of days later, however heavens forbid a black participant offends their viewers by swiveling his hips after scoring, à la Ravishing Rick Impolite. The NFL must be extra involved with the well-being of its gamers and defending them as they declare.
Hopefully, somebody steps in and talks some sense into Watt or takes the choice out of his fingers.