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Taysom Hill, the quarterback/gadget player for the New Orleans Saints, had a bad head injury in Week 5. Hill suffered a concussion after colliding with Washington Football Team cornerback William Jackson head-on, forcing him to miss three weeks of activity.
Hill acknowledged how serious and frightening the injury was after pondering about it.
Taysom Hill recalled his Week 5 head injury in a disturbing way.
Taysom Hill claims he has no recall of a 45-minute period after the impact that caused him to suffer a concussion.
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“I recall the path.” I recall seeing the play. “That’s all there is to it,” Hill concluded. “I never passed out, but I have no recollection of it.” I think there was a 45-minute timeframe that I don’t recall. The first thing that sprang to mind was being in the locker room. It’s not ideal to have a hit and then have a memory lapse. It’s always a terrifying thing when you’re dealing with brain traumas.”
“The way the hit occurred, it definitely appeared like he [William Jackson] wasn’t attempting to make a play on the ball, but I’ve never played defense, so I don’t know what that’s like.”
Despite the league’s best efforts to penalize risky hits, concussions and brain injuries are sadly widespread in the NFL. Hill’s injuries, on the other hand, seemed to be more severe. He was ruled out of football-related activities for three weeks after losing consciousness for 45 minutes. After a few days, most athletes are cleared by concussion procedures.
The Saints’ quarterback sustained one of the most serious head injuries we’ve seen in recent years. He never questioned his ability to return to the field, however.
“I never felt that my ability to be totally healthy was in threat,” Hill said.
Taysom Hill’s injury lost him a chance at the Saints’ starting quarterback position.
According to reports, the #Saints will start QB Trevor Siemian against the #Falcons on Sunday. It’s hardly surprising, given how composed he was in relief last week.
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While Hill is probably just pleased to be okay and back in pads, it’s worth noting that Jackson’s risky hit lost Hill a chance at starting quarterback for the Saints.
Jameis Winson, the Saints’ usual starting quarterback, tore his ACL in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He endured season-ending surgery a few days later, allowing one of New Orleans’ backups to take up the role going forward.
Because Hill was still out with a head injury at the time, Winston was replaced by backup Trevor Siemian. In Week 8, he led the Saints to a win against the Buccaneers, securing his spot as the team’s starter going forward (at least for now). Hill would almost certainly have received the first go at replacing Winston if he had been healthy and active.
After all, Saints head coach Sean Payton is a big fan of HIll.
The Saints might yet make a quarterback change.
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Siemian’s leash may be limited, despite Payton’s announcement that he would start as quarterback in Week 10. Hill has had a full two weeks to get back into playing form after the Saints’ disappointing Week 9 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons.
If Siemian fails against the Titans’ onslaught, Payton is likely to switch to Hill as quarterback. Opposing opponents will be surprised by his movement and general athleticism.
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