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Bret Bielema ‘not overly concerned’ about Ball’s concussion

Montee Ball, A.J. Ropati AP

For the second time the last two months, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball suffered a concussion. His most recent one came last Saturday in a win over UTEP which sidelined him for most of the game.

Although he’s not cleared just yet Ball’s concussion should not prevent him from playing this Saturday against Nebraska, according to Badgers coach Bret Bielema.

“Montee will get evaluated, has the possibility of practicing on Tuesday,” Bielema said Monday. “We’ll see where that goes.”

Bielema added that he’s “not overly concerned” that Ball won’t play against the No. 22 Cornhuskers.

Ball suffered a concussion before the start of the season when he was attacked by five assailants late one night in early August. As a result, Ball sat out part of fall practice. Three of those assailants have been charged in the case.

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7 Responses to “Bret Bielema ‘not overly concerned’ about Ball’s concussion”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 25, 2012 8:49 PM

    Doctors who have cataloged and studied concussions say the evidence is clear: Once one suffers a concussion, the next concussion is more likely and happens with less impact. Multiple concussions can lead to mental and physical incapacity later in life, as demonstrated in recent history by very prominent NFL players.

    Coach Bielema, along with other college football coaches who have or had great athletes who suffered concussions, needs to begin to promote better football helmets which have much improved blunt force and impact protection.

    May Montee not suffer another concussion or head injury which may hinder his future career or quality of life.

  2. WingT says: Sep 25, 2012 9:44 PM

    I agree southernpats, better helmets are needed.

    It’s amazing to me in this day and age of technology that a better brain bucket can’t be developed.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 25, 2012 10:26 PM

    The technology has been available for decades now, Wing T, and has been improved each decade since. Why the helmet manufacturers have not installed it is easy–cost, which they are not willing to bear.

    The colleges and/or NCAA can require them to instill that technology before another needless “head injuries” which we know to be “concussions.”

    Thanks for keeping a good sense of humor in these threads.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Sep 26, 2012 8:45 AM

    @ southernpatriots

    My brother in law had multiple concussions while in High School while playing football. So much so that the doctors at multipe schools D-1 to D-3 wouldn’t clear him to play in college. He still has minor side effects from time to time and it’s been over 15 yrs. Concussions are a real thing and I wish coaches & players at any level would take it more seriously in the future.

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 26, 2012 11:12 AM


    You are so right. Although the NCAA has made this a little more of a priority, apparently not all coaches have received the memo…. That is why I have been campaigning so hard on CFT, on all blogs, in letters to the NCAA and Dr. Emmert, to the NFL Commissioner’s Office, etc. giving them research which reveals the defect in present day helmets and how they can be greatly improved to help prevent many concussions.

    It was my sad responsibility some years ago to tell two young men they did not football in their future, due to multiple concussions each had experienced.

  6. cubano76 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    Hope that kid gets better, and they don’t throw him back out there too soon.

    On another note, that headline made me giggle.

  7. beedubyatoo says: Sep 26, 2012 4:28 PM

    Bielema’s not concerned because UW has a stable of running backs behind Ball.

    That said, I hope that doesn’t mean that Bielema’s not concerned about Ball for the future.

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