Michigan QB Shane Morris suffered a concussion during last Saturday’s game against Minnesota but was still allowed to reenter the game. After a heap of backlash, Michigan’s Athletic Director Dave Brandon finally issued an apology early Tuesday morning at 1AM.
Michigan quarterback Shane Morris suffered a concussion after all. In a statement released early Tuesday morning, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon apologized for a “serious lack of communication” that allowed Morris to be reinserted without proper neurological testing. “We now understand that, despite having the right people on the sidelines assessing our student-athletes’ well being, the systems we had in place were inadequate to handle this unique and complex situation properly,” Brandon said in his statement. Morris took a hit to the head during Michigan’s 30-14 loss Saturday against Minnesota. After the hit, he wobbled around and stayed on his feet by leaning on a teammate. Morris stayed in the game for one play and later returned for one more play when the new quarterback, Devin Gardner, had to leave the game by rule after his helmet came off. Brandon confirmed that Morris was diagnosed on Sunday with a “probable, mild concussion” and a high ankle sprain. That contradicted a statement Monday by Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who said his impression was Morris had not been diagnosed with a concussion, and reflects a high level of dysfunction within a major college football program. Hoke had said Monday that Morris would have practiced Sunday if not for a high ankle sprain. “We would never, ever put a guy on the field when there’s a possibility of head trauma,” Hoke said. “We won’t do that.” Now Michigan says that’s exactly what it did. Hoke had said Monday that a statement would be forthcoming from Michigan’s medical department. Instead, the athletic director described his version of the sequence of events. “That probable concussion diagnosis was not at all clear on the field on Saturday or in the examination that was conducted post-game,” Brandon said. “Unfortunately, there was inadequate communication between our physicians and medical staff and Coach Hoke was not provided the updated diagnosis before making a public statement on Monday. This is another mistake that cannot occur again.” According to Brandon, Michigan’s medical and coaching staffs did not see the hit to Morris’ chin and thus believed he stumbled because of his ankle injury. Team neurologist Jeffrey Kutcher, a leading expert in the concussion field, was watching further down the field and also did not see the hit, Brandon said. “However, the neurologist, with expertise in detecting signs of concussion, saw Shane stumble and determined he needed to head down the sideline to evaluate Shane,” Brandon said. “Shane came off the field after the following play and was reassessed by the head athletic trainer for the ankle injury. Since the athletic trainer had not seen the hit to the chin and was not aware that a neurological evaluation was necessary, he cleared Shane for one additional play.”
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