During Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, JuJu Smith-Schuster left the game midway through the second quarter following a devastating hit. The Kansas City Chiefs took a hit to their wide receiver corps as a result.
On a third and four, the wide receiver caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes. Before he could secure the ball or turn up the field, he took an unexpected blow from a Jaguars defensive back.
At that point, Smith-Schuster crumpled over with his arms still outstretched. The ball came free but was ruled an incomplete pass and though a flag was thrown, it was not for the hit on the wideout.
According to Dr. Jesse Morse on Twitter, a very small percentage of concussions lead to a loss of consciousness. However, that’s exactly what happened with the Chiefs star on Sunday.
JuJu Smith-Schuster regained consciousness and left the game but did not return. Now that the NFL has had several high-profile concussion incidents this season, it can be expected that all parties involved will take this one very seriously.
Even the worst concussions of the year largely haven’t resulted in what happened to Smith-Schuster, as according to Morse, only 11% of them do.
How long will JuJu Smith-Schuster be out for?
Every NFL player wants to be out there helping his team every single week and that’s especially true on a contender. However, given the extent of the concussion and the severity, it is unlikely that Smith-Schuster doesn’t miss at least one game.
The NFL has claimed for years that it takes concussions seriously, but following a few infamous incidents this season, things are finally changing. JuJu Smith-Schuster may be healthy enough to play next week, but the league, the team and everyone else involved is going to want to monitor this situation closely.
Smith-Schuster will want to be out there next Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers in a key divisional game. The medical staff probably won’t allow that to happen. That will leave the receiving duties to Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, trade deadline acquisition Kadarius Toney and several others.