Adam Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, reckons that Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was faking an injury during the controversial Wild Card match on Saturday.
According to Jones, the Steelers and the NFL bent the rules and didn’t follow the league’s concussion protocol. The incident occurred when Brown walked off the field after being struck by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Jones revealed that Brown “winked at us” before leaving the football field. “Antonio Brown wasn’t hurt. I know he was faking it (the injury),” an irate Adam Jones said on the “Dan Patrick Show” earlier on Monday. “Go back and look at the play. If you go back and slow-motion the play, you tell me that Vontaze hit him in the head or did his shoulder pads barely touch him?”
It’s too early to conclude but Jones could have a point. Even as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin claimed that Brown was concussed on Burfict’s hit, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Sunday (the day after the match) that Brown is “fine and should be able to play against the Denver Broncos next weekend.”
Can a player recover from a concussion within a week? Highly unlikely. Jones has not only accused Brown and Tomlin of lying but has challenged the integrity of NFL’S concussion program. According to protocol, an independent doctor is required to monitor a player’s condition after a head injury.
Jones also shot down reports that Burfict was intentionally trying to injure Brown. “(Burfict) Didn’t deserve to be flagged. He was full speed. You can see him easing up as the play is going on.”
As fate would have it, Burfict’s 15-yard penalty and Jones’ 15-yarder for poor conduct set up the Steelers’ eventual game-winning field goal.
Some reckon that Adam Jones and the Bengals are finding excuse for their defeat.