The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported this afternoon that second-year Celtics wing Jaylen Brown has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol. Brown took a nasty fall after slamming home a dunk in transition against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 8, 2018. (Warning: the video could be jarring for some fans.)
Brown’s progress will now be overseen by physicians, who can clear him as he completes activities that scale upwards in degree of exertion.
Brown was able to return to Boston with the team last night after being evaluated at a hospital near Target Center. Before heading home, he tweeted an update.
Appreciate everybody I'm ok .. Got a headache tho good team win !!— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) March 9, 2018
The Return To Participation Protocol, as explained by Bulpett:
-- The return to participation protocol involves several steps of increasing exertion, from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills.
-- With each step, a player must be symptom free to move to the next step. If a player is not symptom free after a step, he stops until he is symptom free and begins again at the previous step of the protocol (i.e., the last step he passed without any symptoms).
-- It’s important to note that there is no time frame to complete the protocol. Each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case.
The decision to clear Brown belongs to Celtics Head Team Physican, Dr. Brian McKeon. Stay tuned to CelticsBlog for updates.
Read the league’s full concussion protocol.