Get a Concussion, Lose Your Job

The NFL is a multi-billion dollar business.

As such, its teams and their respective executives aren’t about to take unnecessary risks or absorb extra costs by keeping a recently concussed player on the roster.

This simple fact was reiterated over the last week when the Detroit Lions cut tight end Tony Scheffler and the Jacksonville Jaguars cut safety Dwight Lowery.

Scheffler suffered a concussion Oct. 6 at Green Bay, his third in the past three seasons. Just after hauling in a 19-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, he was rocked by Packers safety Jerron McMillian. Scheffler, who was set to become a free agent at the end of the year, has been in the league eight years.

Meanwhile, Lowery sustained a concussion on the first play at Seattle on Sept. 22 and hasn’t practiced or played since. A sixth-year veteran, his locker was recently cleaned out and his name plate removed, according to the Associated Press. Coach Gus Bradley was quoted as saying that Lowery has “done a lot for us and was great throughout. It’s just an organizational decision.”

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