The long-term health of NSW skipper Boyd Cordner will become a hot topic again after skipper NSW suffered another head butt before miraculously came back to try to inspire the Blues on Wednesday night
Cordner, who has suffered three separate blows to the head this season for the Sydney Roosters, received an accidental elbow from Felise Kaufusi of Queensland as the first half approached halfway point
The biggest concern was how harmless the tackle was and how easily Cordner fell to the ground He was assisted by Adelaide Oval as most supporters and even TV commentators assumed Cordner’s night was over
Andrew Johns took it a step further, saying on Channel Nine: « You have a feeling this could be his night and the series » «
While Cordner was being evaluated, his replacement Cameron Murray lasted a kick before coming back from the pitch with a leg injury
But Cordner returned to the pitch after passing his head injury assessment and took his place just before half-time
« I walked in and spent time with the doctor doing the HIA I passed that I was fit to start over and play so I went back and played, » said Cordner thereafter
« It’s not ideal to keep getting hit on the head I understand that But I have the best people around me and have asked for the best advice during the year and will continue to do that I will work closely with the medical staff during the week, there will be tests to take this week – and we’ll go from there »
When pressed by the temptation to keep Cordner on the pitch, Fittler clarified: « I’m the coach, there are protocols and we will follow the protocols. »
Fittler is close to Cordner and the Roosters, and some of his own support staff, including assistant Craig Fitzgibbon and coach Travis Touma, work for the club
Given the shortened Origin series, will Fittler now be tempted to let his captain rest from next Wednesday’s game in Sydney? Can he even afford to rest it, given Murray’s injury and the Blues desperate to clinch a win?
Will the Roosters, who have been very careful with their players in the event of concussions, ask Fittler to be careful with their 28-year-old warrior?
Cordner was his usual, no-nonsense person when he returned to the game on the left brim He finished with 15 points for 126m – a remarkable effort barely improved by Daniel Saifiti – and 19 tackles
Cordner told the Herald in August how scary it was to suffer a major concussion during the later stages of Round 8 of the Storm Shock
His second blow to the head came in practice before the Warriors game in round 11 and then again in round 18 on an emotional night that featured a minute of silence for his late cousin
« Speaking to the specialist, he told me that you can’t choose when the symptoms show up, and you don’t even need them for a big butt. It all has to do with the how the brain reacts »
Nathan Brown of Parramatta, Isaah Yeo of Penrith and Dale Finucane of Melbourne are all part of the extended squad
Cordner would have taken the loss more than most and will soon want to forget it. He hopes that any talk about concussion will be forgotten even sooner
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