Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was running a route during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he took a nasty hit.
Smith-Schuster ran across the middle to catch a pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes when Jaguars safety Andre Cisco hit him helmet to helmet, forcing Smith-Schuster to get knocked down with his arms straight up in the arm — similar to the incident involving Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa a few weeks ago.
The hit was caught on video, and shared on social media almost immediately.
JuJu Smith-Schuster took a very nasty hit today. We pray he is ok 🙏😔pic.twitter.com/slTZ5kCBU3
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) November 13, 2022
Smith-Schuster left the game due to concussion protocol, and there was no flag on the play, which had Chiefs Kingdom and coach Andy Reid pissed off.
“As long as there’s contact to the head, it doesn’t need to be in the game,” Reid said after the game. “So it looked like there was contact to the head from where I was standing, but I’m not the one making that call.”
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon, and the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver has just broken his silence on the hit.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Reveals Injury Status On Social Media
The 25-year-old wide receiver shared photos of himself on Instagram for the first time since Sunday, with the caption, “All is well, be back soon 🙏🏾.”
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Smith-Schuster’s mom, Sammy Toa-Schuster, also shared details of her son’s injury to social media, sharing that, thankfully, he is doing okay.
“Prayer report to everyone who texted me and called!!! My baby is A-okay…,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “Thank you so much for the over pouring of love and support. We really appreciate you all!!! My Baby is OKAY.. #ChiefsKingdom”
NFL fans are waiting patiiently to see how long Smith-Schuster will be out. The 25-year-old was immediately placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol, which is a multi-phase, multi-day process to determine when he will be ready to return.
Luckily, he is doing okay and it seems the aftermath was not as bad as many thought it would be after seeing the nasty hit take place.
The NFL Players Association Reviews Protocols
After suffering two head injuries within five days, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sparked a new discussion about NFL safety, resulting in the NFL Players Association reviewing the league’s concussion protocol.
The NFLPA deemed the UNC made “several mistakes” during the concussion protocol process, multiple sources told ESPN. One of those mistakes included not examining Tagovailoa’s back during the initial concussion examination.
Ataxia was present in Tagovailoa’s case during the Sunday game against the Buffalo Bills, the league’s chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said during a press conference.
On October 1, the NFL and NFLPA agreed on an amended concussion protocol. Now, any player who displays ataxia, which is defined as “abnormality of balance/stability, motor coordination or dysfunctional speech caused by a neurological issue,” must be removed from a game and is not allowed to return.