Arizona Cardinals receiver Sean Morey, who has already committed to donate what's left of his concussion-rattled brain to science, admitted Thursday that he played in last week's game against "Da Chicago Bears" with another concussion.
Morey, who is a leader in an effort to raise awareness about head injuries, isn't exactly sure how many concussions he's suffered during his 10-year pro career but tells the Associated Press that it's "more than I'd like to admit."
More than he'd like to admit or more than he can remember?
Morey received the concussion in the Cards loss to the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago and says flu symptoms complicated the diagnosis.
"I felt like if I could go out and play with better technique, use my hands, and limit the helmet-to-helmet contact, then I'd be able to play through it," he tells the AP.
In September, Morey pledged to give his brain to a study conducted at Boston University called the "Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy" -- a collaborative venture between BU Medical School and Sports Legacy Institute -- to better understand the long-term effects of repeated concussions.
Morey is one of about 150 concussion-prone athletes to pledge their brains to the study and has since taken an active role in raising awareness for the prevention of brain injuries.
"That's the only message that players need to hear, whether it be a college athlete or a high school athlete, that you can't continue to downplay or lie about symptoms," Morey says. "You can't ignore the risk of concussions."
Unless you think you have the flu, right, Sean?
Morey has stopped practicing for the week and says he won't return to the field until he is cleared to do so by a doctor.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.