WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker believes the NFL is taking the concussion issue very seriously.
Recent events, such as the suicide of Junior Seau, have only served to further cast a spotlight on the hotly debated issue according to the Nebraska product.
With more former player lawsuits arising, including one spearheaded by former Redskins wide receiver Art Monk, the topic of long-term effects of brain trauma isn’t likely to go away any time soon.
Although the lasting impacts are still being studied, Carriker admits players are aware of the risks before strapping on the pads.
“We play a violent game. We know that when we sign up for it, but at the same time you want to take all the precautions you can to take to protect yourself,” Carriker told me during his recent 4th and Pain radio show.
The 28-year-old recently heard Sean Salisbury joke that leather helmets were a potential solution to the equation. As his theory goes, with less protection players would be more inclined to use proper tackling technique.
“There is some logic to that,” Carriker said. “That does make a little bit of sense, but I’m sure they’re going to try to protect with the best helmets that are available. You’ve got guys that are going to go pedal to the metal no matter what they’re wearing. So, you’ve got to go with the best equipment available.”
And although they may not actually be made of leather, the Redskins helmets for their 80th Anniversary uniforms resemble the helmets of yesteryear.
Carriker is a fan.
“Those things are pretty sweet,” he said.