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Draft Scout Rashean Mathis News
11/19/15 - CB Rashean Mathis didn't have a problem with how the Lions handled his recent concussion. He suffered it in Week 7, then missed Week 8 after having headaches, but wasn't diagnosed with the brain injury until the bye during Week 9.
"I think we as an organization have handled it correctly," Mathis said. "Why diagnose something when you don't know exactly what's going on? Because there were a few days without any symptoms."
Mathis is now on injured reserve and said he played a role in the decision to end his season after the concussion symptoms, which he said are gone now, lingered for three weeks.
"I don't think it would've looked well for the organization or my part ... for me to go back out there and then something bad - worse - happened," he said. "And then the organization and my family would have to answer questions about that and not knowing."
11/14/15 - CB Rashean Mathis (concussion) was placed on reserve/injured by the Lions Saturday (Nov. 14).
11/13/15 - CB Rashean Mathis (concussion) missed practice Thursday and will likely sit Sunday's game against the Packers.
11/12/15 - CB Rashean Mathis was diagnosed with a concussion more than a week after suffering the brain injury. The team tested Mathis for a concussion in Week 7 and said he didn't have one. Then, he was listed on the injury report in London the following week with an illness and later missed the game. In a rare media address, head trainer Kevin Bastin explained why Mathis was still out of practice this week.
"Our game against the Vikings, he had an episode where he got hit late in the game," Bastin said Wednesday. "We took him inside with our team physician and the unaffiliated neuro-specialist on the sideline, and he was examined, taken through all the testing process and it was determined that he did not have a concussion. He came in the next day for our typical day here on Monday, still no symptoms, completely clear.
"We traveled to London (Monday night). He woke up Thursday morning with a light headache, as he described it, and those were his only symptoms. He practiced light on Thursday and Friday and then woke up Sunday morning with those headaches again. So, we determined to keep him out of the game, and then when we got back here last week, he still had light headaches. We had him evaluated again by our team doctors and then the independent neurologist, and we decided to put him in the concussion protocol. So that's going to be the process with Rashean this week."
11/02/15 - CB Rashean Mathis (illness) was a surprising inactive after being listed as probable.