NFL players still hiding, playing with concussions

LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
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Dec. 22, 2013: Detroit Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson goes up against New York Giants free safety Ryan Mundy (21) during an NFL football game in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Dec. 22, 2013: Detroit Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson goes up against New York Giants free safety Ryan Mundy (21) during an NFL football game in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson is the latest NFL player to stay in a game with a concussion.

He joined a list that is likely long.

Buffalo Bills safety Jim Leonhard and Tennessee Titans safety George Wilson both acknowledged this week they have played with concussions in the past.

San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle says, “of course it happens,” because players don’t want to come out of games for fear of losing their jobs or roles.

Dickerson didn’t tell the Lions’ medical staff immediately about his concussion. He later dropped a pass and was called for holding in overtime of Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the New York Giants. Four days later, the 25-year-old journeyman was put on injured reserve.

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