Mark Dantonio said Brian Lewerke did not go through concussion protocol despite his head 'ringing' after hit
Michigan State had a disastrous game against Illinois last week. The Spartans played well early. In fact, they were up 28-3 at one point.
Then they lost.
In the fourth quarter, Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke took a knee to the head. On the next play, Lewerke threw an interception. On Tuesday, coach Mark Dantonio said Lewerke said his head was “ringing a little bit” and yet did not go through concussion protocol:
Dantonio said Lewerke did not go through concussion protocol, told coach he was good, motioned back to trainers. Was not examined after game either.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 12, 2019
Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke said he was "fine" after taking a knee to the head the play prior to his interception that was returned for a TD. Said his head was ringing a little after the hit.
Mark Dantonio said Lewerke was checked out by staffers after that INT.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 10, 2019
Lewerke said today he didn’t feel any concussion symptoms then or now.
MSU says it has injury spotters upstairs and on the field who are supposed to be on watch for those things.
Either way: It’s not the player’s call to say he feels fine.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 12, 2019
This all seems a bit odd. As Nick Baumgardner’s tweet notes, it’s not the player’s call to say he’s fine. He can’t just motion trainers away.
At the same time, Dantonio said Lewerke was checked out by staffers after the interception. If his head was “ringing” even a little bit after the knee-to-head collision, he should have been checked out then. It shouldn’t have taken an extra play.
As Lewerke said, he didn’t feel concussion symptoms then or now, which would explain why has hasn’t been in concussion protocol. It seems like from the outside, Michigan State could have been more cautious here. Lewerke should have been looked at more in-depth than “very quickly.”
In the end, hopefully all is well with Lewerke. According to him, he is.