But your storyline fits your hatred for the Jets, so by all means carry on.
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with all that's taken place over the past few years regarding head injuries in the NFL, once you've gotten a few concussions, your career is basically hanging by a thread. therefore, a history of concussions (even one) will reduce the value of an NFL player.
so simply having this thing classified as a concussion probably reduces Revis's value somewhat. missing a game because of it would likely reduce it a bit more.
of course, he'll get huge money either way -- we're talking about relative pennies here -- but missing this game would make him less valuable, not more.
on the other hand, every game he plays he risks getting another concussion, or another type of injury, which could reduce his value much more drastically.
so, IF he's looking at it from purely a money perspective (I'm not convinced he is, but that seems to be your assumption), he and his advisers would still be needing to weigh the benefits and the risks. the best case scenario from a money point of veiw is to play and not get injured. the second best is to not play. the worst is to play and get hurt more. it's not a totally clear choice.
I'm guessing he plays -- which will prove you wrong. if he doesn't play, it will be because docs didn't clear him, and we'll probably never know whether he was truly not fit to play, or whether he voluntarily gave the docs answers that he knew would lead to them not clearing him.
by the way, none of this would be about sending a message to the Jets about being unhappy with his contract, IMO. If he's cleared, he'll play. The question is, will he try to be cleared, or try not to be cleared. He's not going to overtly make this about contract -- that would severely reduce his value on the open market, plus it would make him a pariah with fans (which in turn, reduces his value when it comes to negotiations).
Last edited by gaffneycatch; 09-12-2012 at 05:38 PM.
If doesn't want to play, it would be easy enough for him to fake symptoms and not be cleared.
With the protocols as cautious as they are now, being cleared basically means he feels fine. If he's cleared, he'll play.
Revis and his agent have very little to gain by him starting on Sunday and a major amount to lose if indeed he's got some trepidation. Not exactly grassy-knoll caliber controversy here.
But you will just assume its based on Revis not wanting to risk injury after he has been medically cleared.
You are a caricature of all things wrong with sports fans.
again, I'm guessing this won't happen. I think he's cleared and plays.
edit: by the way, if he does it the way you're suggestion he will, he risks it being leaked out that he was actually cleared, but opted not to play.
Last edited by gaffneycatch; 09-12-2012 at 06:00 PM.
My theory, ooh, so hard to fathom, is that an expensive player with a history of money-centric selfish behavior will have a decision to make. There are three potential outcomes:
Doctor clears him, he plays.
Doctor clears him, he doesn't play.
Doctor doesn't clear him, he doesn't play.
If he were some mid-tier player with nothing much to lose he'd suit up and play, of course. But he's the best player at his position, he's feeling underpaid, and he's already playing this season begrudgingly, under protest. Since concussions are cumulative injuries, should he play at Pittsburgh, take another hit to the head (God forbid) and get a full-on concussion that hurts him financially.
My son plays Pop Warner, and if he took a shot to the head and the doctors said he could play, I'm sitting him on Sunday, giving him two full weeks to heal just as a precaution. And I'm just a dad, not a 27 year old player with one contract left worth multiple millions on a team that's not very good and has shown him disrespect (in his mind) the past two seasons.
What I'm saying is a possibility. That's it. A possibility.
All players take a baseline test in training camp! If you get diagnosed with a concussion of any kind you will be administered the test again. You get evaluated against how you did when you took the test healthy in training camp. If you score the same or higher you get cleared to play....
Hopefully Revis tanked the test in training camp!
Instead they'll say "We spoke to the doctor and to Darrelle and both Darrelle and the New York Jets feel it's best if he takes this week off and heals fully, don't want to lose him for half the season and rush him back to soon."
again, it's really just semantics about the process...and who knows, maybe you're correct...I just think he'd probably tell the docs he still had a headache or something, rather than get cleared and then say he doesn't want to play.
like I've said all the way through, I think your whole premise is wrong.
and by the way, no matter what the Jets say officially, there's a good chance that if Revis is cleared, then opts not to play, it would leak out somehow. that info getting out actually helps the Jets in negotiations with him -- so they'd probably want it to leak, even if they don't want to officially throw him under the bus.
Everyone's naive and he won't risk it. Statement of fact.Naive? It's naive to think that Revis and his agent won't sit this week out even if he gets clearance. His next contract is the most important, they won't risk it.
You'd be incredibly impressed if he played. Covering your ass in case your statement of fact is wrong.
So which one is it?