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Arian Foster put himself back into TNF game before concussion test

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After missing the opening three weeks of the 2015 season with a groin injury, Arian Foster could be forgiven for wanting to play as much football as possible for the Houston Texans moving forward.

Unfortunately, during the Texans' Thursday night game against the Indianapolis Colts, it looks like his enthusiasm put him in a potentially dangerous position.


As reported by CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, Foster, after taking a heavy hit mid-way through the second quarter, effectively put himself back into the game before he had been properly checked out for a concussion.


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Per Wolfson:

“Arian Foster basically put himself back into the game. As soon as the trainers were talking about it, he turned around and he just walked about out there...They said to him, ‘You need to come back out here. Do you want us to look at you?'”

With the NFL attempting to crack down on concussions in the game at present, last night's incident highlighted an issue that surely needs addressing.

Changes needed

Whilst independent certified athletic trainers (ATC spotters) up in the stands have the ability to call a medical time out if they see something untoward on the field, those medical experts on the side of the field do not currently have that power.

If they had, they could have forced Foster to undergo the necessary tests rather than watch helplessly as he puts himself back into the line of fire.

The Texans running back was ultimately checked for a concussion once Houston's offense was next off the field, but not before he had taken another shot to the head in the process.

Ultimately, Foster was taken to the locker room and returned for the second half on the way to over 100-yards combined on the night.

Texans fans: Does your team rely on Foster and Hopkins too much, and how can you improve? Have your say in the comments below...

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