September 21 Camden Courier-Post:
“Only eight days after stumbling off the field, woozy from a hit in the Eagles‘ season opener against Green Bay, linebacker Stewart Bradley said Monday he was looking forward to playing Sunday at Jacksonville.
When it was later determined that he’d suffered a concussion, questions were raised across America about whether the middle linebacker should have been allowed to return to the field vs. the Packers.
The rugged 6-foot-4, 258-pound Bradley defended the Eagles‘ medical staff for clearing him to go back into the game.
“I did seven or eight different things when I came off the field to see if I was OK, and I passed them, so I went back in,” Bradley said Monday.
The fourth-year pro said when he came back out of the game, he was evaluated again and couldn’t remember the words of the test.
“You just can’t say because someone has been hit hard that it is a concussion — there has to be tests, they have those procedures,” Stewart said.
Stewart understands why there was heightened concern, not only in the Philadelphia area but nationally, when he went back into the game after TV replays showed him staggering and collapsing to the grass at Lincoln Financial Field.
“It has been a hot topic for a long time,” Bradley said. “They are trying to keep players safe.””
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