Brees: Self-reporting concussions a 'gray area'

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

His statement comes one day after after Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen dropped a bombshell claim that her New England Patriots quarterback husband had reportedly suffered from multiple concussions - prompting the National Football League to investigate her claims.

"That additional five minutes, especially with the rules change where in essence both teams get a possession", Brees said, referring to the NFL's shift away from sudden-death overtime a couple of years ago. His appearance on The Dan Patrick Show came one day after the wife of Tom Brady promoted (possibly inadvertently) awareness of the fact that Brady has had multiple undiagnosed and undisclosed concussions.

He did say that self-reporting head injuries is a "gray area".

After discussing his one documented concussion in 2004 with the San Diego Chargers, however, Brees praised the work of independent spotters.

"I knew that something was not right". The goal is to reduce the number of snaps players have to take in a given week before having to turn around and start another game in six days.

"It's hard to change that mentality for guys", the quarterback said. "And when you see a guy who's obviously in that situation, you pull them aside so they can get evaluated before they go out and return to play". When you're in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle and it's competitive, you do not want to pull yourself out. I think you're reducing the numbers of plays, it's exciting for fans, it's situational football.

"I wouldn't want her to worry", he added.

While the league has a system in place to help identify players who may be subject to the concussion protocol, there is a personal scenario that could cause some discomfort.

Brees said his wife would likely tell "embarrassing stories" about him, but not about his health or a game-related injury, which the Saints quarterback points out he isn't likely to share with her.

"I'm not sure what the thought process was going into it, but just from what I see I would disagree with it because more games are going to end in ties now", Brees said.

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