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New video system helped Giants diagnose Ware

Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud tackles New

Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud tackles New York Giants running back D.J. Ware during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012) Credit: AP

It was easy to see that D.J. Ware suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Easy, that is, if you were able to look again.

It was on the play when Eli Manning rolled to his right and threw a pass to Hakeem Nicks on the goal line trying to get either a touchdown or an interference call (he got neither). Ware was in the backfield at the start of the play and dove to make a block but seemed to hit his head on the turf.

While the action – and almost every set of eyes in the stadium – flowed with the play, Ware was down on the ground. He tried to get up, was helped to his feet by David Baas, and then nearly tumbled over again before staggering off the field towards the sideline.

It’s probably something trainers and medical staffs would not have been able to see. But thanks to a new system, they did.

According to The Associated Press, the Giants were helped by the NFL’s installation of video monitors on the sideline in treating injuries to Ware as well as cornerback Aaron Ross. Both sustained concussions.

Giants vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes said the team’s medical staff was unsure what happened with Ware and “the video replay provided us with evidence that a concussive event had occurred.”

According to the AP, the NFL instituted use of the monitors by a team’s medical staff last Friday only to review plays that might have caused an injury. Barnes said “the system worked as it should have.” League spokesman Greg Aiello said only the Giants needed to use the technology during the wild card games.

Ross' injury happened on a more obvious stage, when he and Jason Pierre-Paul collided while going after a losse ball. The two players remained down on the turf for several moments after the collision, and since it happened at a point where the eye was naturally drawn the video system was not as valuable as it was in Ware's case.

Tom Coughlin said both Ware and Ross were going through league-mandated protocols for players with concussions.

With the AP


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