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Week 13 concussions

Chris Olave returns to practice on Wednesday

It’s still early in the week, with teams having two days of practice left. But I expect Chris Olave will be in uniform for the Saints on Sunday. I think he’ll make it through the concussion protocol.

I have no inside tip on this. I’m just looking at the team-supplied injury report data. They say Olave was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday, and that’s a good start.

So far this season, there have been 11 instances in which a player was knocked out of a game, then was able to practice some on Wednesday. Of those guys, seven of them played. So strictly off the big-picture numbers, they indicate Olave has a two-out-of-three chance of being in uniform.

This isn’t final yet, of course, but it makes the idea of A.T. Perry being sneaky good waiver addition in Week 13 less appealing. (I’ve got a league where I have three wide receivers on byes, so I have been watching the Olave/Perry situation closely.)

There’s an additional notable concussion concern in Cleveland, with Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaving Sunday’s game. DTR was a DNP on Wednesday, which makes it look likely that Joe Flacco will be starting for the Browns on Sunday. There have been 73 players this year who’ve left games with concussions, then not practiced on Wednesday. Only 16 of those guys (22 percent) then played that week.

The overall numbers on concussion show 98 players, with 31 of them then playing the next week – only about a third of players suffering concussions play the next week.

My data appears below. And apologies, but there are likely a few slight glitches here and there. There’s no documentation, for example, for games played on Thursdays and Mondays, which alters the recovery time. And possibly or probably a player snuck in on a bye week (making it look like he’s a week away from a concussion, where he’s actually more of a two-weeks-removed guy).

You’ll see some asterisks on some players. For those guys, the team changed the injury designation on Saturday. I have tagged 11 players with black dots; those are the guys (like Olave) who were limited participants on Wednesdays.

Bottom line: for now, I’m thinking Olave will play for the Saints, while Thompson-Robinson will be inactive for the Browns.

FIRST WEEK AFTER A CONCUSSION
WkTmPlayerStatusWedThuFriPlay?
2T.B.Christian IzienQDNPLPFPyes
2Pitt.Chukwuma Okorafor ----LPLPyes
2G.B.Quay Walker--*DNPLPLPyes
2Ten.Amani HookeroutDNPDNPDNPno
2Ind.Andrew Olgetree--*DNPLPFPno
2L.V.Jakobi MeyersoutDNPDNPDNPno
2Phi.James BradberryoutDNPDNPDNPno
2Was.Jartavius MartinoutDNPDNPDNPno
2N.E.Sidy SowQDNPDNPDNPno
2N.E.Trent BrownQDNPDNPDNPno
2Atl.Troy AndersenoutDNPDNPLPno
3Hou.• Eric Murray--LPFPFPyes
3Cin.• Nick Scott--LPFPFPyes
3Det.Antoine Green--FPFPFPyes
3L.V.Davante Adams------FPyes
3Ind.Anthony RichardsonoutDNPDNPDNPno
3NYGBen BredesonoutDNPDNPDNPno
3Phi.Boston ScottoutDNPLPLPno
3Pitt.Gunnar OlszewskioutDNPDNPDNPno
3Mia.Jaylen WaddleoutDNPDNPLPno
3Was.Logan ThomasoutDNPDNPDNPno
3Ind.Ryan KellyoutDNPDNPDNPno
3NYJWes Schweitzerout----DNPno
4Bal.Gus Edwards--FPFPFPyes
4Car.• Jonathan MingoQLPLPFPno
4Det.Bernhard Raimannout----DNPno
4N.O.Cesar RuizoutDNPDNPDNPno
4L.V.Jimmy GaroppoloQDNPLPLPno
4Sea.Tre BrownoutDNPDNPDNPno
5Phi.Britain Covey--*DNPLPFPyes
5Cin.Cam Taylor-BrittQDNPLPFPyes
5S.F.Jon FelicianoQDNPDNPFPyes
5G.B.Luke Musgrave--FPFPFPyes
5N.O.Andrus PeatQDNPDNPLPno
5Hou.Christian Harrisout----DNPno
5NYJD.J. ReedoutDNPDNPDNPno
5Pitt.DeMarvin LealoutDNPLPDNPno
5Ind.Kwity PayneoutDNPDNPDNPno
6Sea.• Jamal Adams--LPFPFPyes
6Chi.Lucas PatrickQDNPDNPFPyes
6Ind.Mo Alie-Cox--*DNPLPFPyes
6T.B.Ryan Neal--FPFPFPyes
6Buff.• Dalton KincaidQLPLPLPno
6T.B.Anthony NelsonD*FPFPFPno
6N.E.Demario DouglasoutDNPDNPDNPno
6N.E.JuJu Smith-SchusteroutDNPDNPDNPno
6L.V.Justin Herronout----LPno
6Chi.Roschon JohnsonoutDNPDNPDNPno
6NYJSauce Gardnerout------no
6Hou.Tank DellQDNPDNPLPno
7Bal.• Malik Harrison--LPFPFPyes
7Cle.Anthony Walker--DNPLPFPyes
7N.E.Keion WhiteoutDNPDNPDNPno
7Ind.Kylen GransonoutDNPDNPDNPno
7N.O.Ryan RamczykoutDNPDNPDNPno
8Cle.Alex Wright--FPFPFPyes
8S.F.Brock Purdy--*DNPLPFPyes
8Ten.Chris Moore--FPFPFPyes
8Mia.Jevon Hollandout*DNPLPLPno
8Ten.Josh WhyleoutDNPDNPDNPno
8Atl.Tae DavisoutDNPDNPDNPno
9Mia.Brandon JonesoutDNPDNPDNPno
9Ten.Christopher HubbardoutDNPDNPDNPno
9N.E.DeVante ParkeroutDNPDNPDNPno
9Phi.Grant CalcaterraoutDNPDNPDNPno
9L.V.Jakob JohnsonoutDNPDNPDNPno
9Chi.Jaquan BriskeroutDNPDNPDNPno
9Atl.Keith SmithoutDNPLPLPno
9L.V.Luke MastersonoutDNPDNPDNPno
9N.O.Ty SummersoutDNPDNPDNPno
10Buff.• Terrel BernardQLPLPLPyes
10Ind.• Tony Brown--LPFPFPyes
10T.B.Jamel DeanQDNPLPFPyes
10Min.K.J. OsbornQDNPLPFPyes
10Hou.• Henry To'oTo'ooutLPDNPDNPno
10NYGAdoree JacksonoutDNPDNPDNPno
10Car.Brian BurnsoutDNPDNPDNPno
10Car.C.J. HendersonoutDNPDNPDNPno
10NYGDeon JacksonoutDNPDNPLPno
10Min.Jaren HalloutDNPDNPDNPno
10T.B.Josh HaynesoutDNPDNPDNPno
10Chi.Khari BlasingameoutDNPDNPDNPno
10Cle.Marquise GoodwinoutDNPDNPDNPno
10Ten.Treylon BurksoutDNPDNPDNPno
11Min.Alexander MattisonQDNPLPFPyes
11L.V.Amik Robertson--DNPLPFPyes
11NYGJalin Hyatt--DNPLPFPyes
11NYGKayvon Thibodeaux--DNPLPFPyes
11Ten.Andre DillardoutDNPDNPDNPno
11Car.Hayden HurstoutDNPDNPDNPno
11Balt.Trenton SimpsonoutDNPDNPDNPno
12Ten.• K'Von Wallace--LPFPFPyes
12Buff.Taron Johnson--DNPLPFPyes
12Ind.• Ryan KellyoutLPFPDNPno
12Buff.Dane JacksonoutDNPDNPDNPno
12G.B.Dontayvion WicksQDNPDNPLPno
12Phi.Milton WilliamsoutDNPDNPDNPno
12LACNick VannettoutDNPDNPDNPno
13N.O.• Chris Olave?LP???
13Cle.Dorian Thompson-Robinson?DNP???

—Ian Allan

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