Did Concussion Rules Lead To NFL Rookies' Knee Injuries?
First-round NFL draft picks have suffered more than their fair share of knee issues this season, and some are blaming concussion protocols.By Grant Suneson | October 19, 2015
NFL rookies, whose bodies have taken less punishment than their older teammates, seem to be suffering the same injuries. The injuries in Week 6 alone made the 2015 draft class look snakebitten.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee during Tennessee's loss to Miami on Sunday, making him the eighth first-round pick from the 2015 draft to deal with knee ligament damage this season. (Video via Beats Electronics)
Along with the Saints' Andrus Peat, Carolina's Shaq Thompson and the Broncos' Shane Ray, Mariota will deal with an MCL sprain that usually sidelines athletes for around a month, depending on severity. Troublesome, but certainly minor compared to the daunting ACL tear.