By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 12th, 2014 at 11:41 am EST
Concussions are no joke. The NFL, in recent years, to begin to take them seriously, as players are not allowed to re-enter games if they fail a concussion test.
Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Nick Roach is hoping to return to the team next season. Roach is on injured reserve with a concussion.
He suffered his concussion in the team’s third preseason game. Since that time, he has not attempted to play in any game.
He was just added to injured reserve earlier this week. Yet, he continues to struggle with his vision and his balance.
Last week, while the team was in London, Roach visited a specialist there. He also visited numerous specialists around the country, who say he will be ready for next season.
Roach, who will be 30-years-old before he plays again next season, was a big part of the team’s run defense. Last season, in his first year with the Raiders, he had 111 tackles and 5.5 sacks for a 32-yard loss. He also had an interception.
Before signing a contract with the Raiders, he spent his first six years with the Chicago Bears.
Last season, there were 228 diagnosed concussions during the preseason and regular season combined. There were 261 concussions in 2012.
This past January, a federal judge declined to approve a $760 million settlement of claims arising from concussions by NFL players. The reason why the judge declined the proposed offer was because she did not think it was enough money.