Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor and sports activities author Dave Birkett break down a convincing Lions win over the Packers, and stay up for the NFC North division race within the second half of the season Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Lions guard T.J. Lang watches his son, J.J., 5, attempt on his helmet at coaching camp in Allen Park, July 30, 2017.(Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)
T.J. Lang is within the NFL’s concussion protocol after he confirmed late-developing signs of a mind damage that he suffered in Monday evening’s win over the Green Bay Packers.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell stated Lang acquired unwell at observe Wednesday, nevertheless it wasn’t till after observe that workforce docs decided he suffered a concussion.
“Sometimes this stuff don’t manifest themselves (for) between 24 and 72 hours and that is a type of instances,” Caldwell said. “He was superb, no points, all the best way up till yesterday. We begin observe and as soon as observe begins he will get unwell, so we take him out of shape, get him inside after which the docs don’t come till after we completed with submitting our medical report. So after they’d a possibility to check out him and decide that he needs to be positioned within the concussion protocol, in order that’s the place he’s at this explicit time limit.”
Lang has been arguably the Lions’ greatest lineman this 12 months, beginning seven of eight video games and lacking a Week 6 loss to the New Orleans Saints with a again damage.
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He instructed the Free Press earlier this 12 months that he is been recognized with “three or 4” brain injuries in his NFL career, and in a 2015 conference call with Detroit reporters he said concussions are “the worth it’s a must to pay typically to do the issues that you simply like to do.”
“They’re scary to undergo,” Lang said in 2015. “I went by one in Pittsburgh (within the 2015) preseason. They’re scary. It was center of the sport, I used to be sort of trying round and for about 10, 15 seconds I had no thought the place I used to be. And that sort of scared me.
“I’ve never had something where I’ve had memory loss like that, but it’s something that it’s, to me it’s part of the game. It is a scary thing, but everybody in this league knows the risk that they have by going out there and playing this game.”
If Lang cannot play in Sunday’s recreation towards the Cleveland Browns (Zero-Eight), the Lions (Four-Four) seemingly will begin Emmett Cleary or Don Barclay at proper guard.
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