Malcolm Jenkins admits to playing most of game with concussion
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins admitted on Thursday that he played over a half of Sunday night’s game against Dallas with a concussion and didn’t tell the team’s staff.
Jenkins played every defensive down of the game, despite being concussed tackling Darren McFadden during the second quarter.
“I was in a fog,” Jenkins said via ESPN. “It was like being a rookie. The game was moving really fast. As the game went on, I felt better. I knew something wasn’t right.”
“I just kind of kept it to myself, which I really shouldn’t have done. The medical staff and the coaching staff were kind of upset with me afterward. As players, we’ve all been made aware of the effects of concussions. It’s definitely something I’ll handle differently.”
Jenkins said there were no obvious outward symptoms of the concussion and he was still making changes and adjusting on defense, so it’s not like the staff noticed an issue but let him back into the game anyway. Still, the league will not be happy about this, nor should they be.
Jenkins told the medical staff of his symptoms after the game and he was immediately put through the concussion protocol. He was cleared to practice Thursday and expects to play Sunday.