Cameron Brate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs and returned to action shortly but was ultimately ruled out of the game in the 2nd half. This blatant disregard for player safety took place while the NFL and its concussion protocol are facing backlash following the injuries suffered by Miami Dolphins Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
In the high-profile match-up, two title favorites locked horns the Kansas City Chiefs won 41-31. With around a minute and a half left on the clock in the half, Brate collided with teammate and Bucs receiver Chris Godwin after a nine-yard gain. After which Brate was down on the field unmoving for some time before carefully making his way to the sideline per the New York Post. Per Sunday Night Football reporter Melissa Start, Brate had a “two-minute chat with (Bucs) head athletic trainer and team doctor before returning to the field.“
Cameron Brate was ruled out with a concussion after playing an entire drive following hit
Cameron Brate returned to the game and played an entire drive would be targeted a few times after which he was ruled out of the game and entered concussion protocol. He finished the game with 4 receptions for 32 yards.
After the game Bucs head coach Todd Bowles informed reporters that Brate was in concussion protocol as the team assessed him. When asked why Brate returned to the game at all, Bowles “I didn’t exactly see what happened when he came back in the game so I’ve got to look at the film to see that.”
This comes at a time when the NFL and NFLPA plan to change the current concussion protocol, a move triggered by Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa being hospitalized with a concussion in Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals following an injury he suffered just days before against the Buffalo Bills.
The world hopes that both athletes return healthy and look toward the NFL and NFLPA for stricter protocols to prevent such incidents.