Nyheim Hines concussion injury updates: What do we know so far about the Colts’ RB condition?
First it was Tagovailoa’s head injury during the Dolphins-Bills game then it was Hines’ concussion during the Colts-Broncos game. How’s the RB doing now?
For two straight weeks, an NFL player has suffered a brutal head injury on “Thursday Night Football.”
Last week, it was Tua Tagovailoa’s disheartening head injury, and this week it was Colts running back Nyheim Hines, who went down after taking a hit to the head one minute into Indianapolis’ matchup with the Broncos in Denver.
What is Nyheim Hines’ injury?
As soon as Hines took a hit to the head from Denver safety Nik Bonnito, he immediately looked in distress, wriggling on the ground as he struggled to get to his feet right. As he attempted to get off the field, he stumbled, but was eventually able to exit under his own power.
Hines was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion right after being checked in the locker room. His reaction to the hit falls under the category of ‘gross motor instability,’ which started being explored by the NFL and its Players Association following Tagovailoa’s burdensome head injury last week.
Related: What is the NFL concussion protocol?
The new NFL-NFLPA protocols have not been finalized, but “updated concussion protocols” are underway amid waves of criticism over the league’s current head injury policy.
No further updates on Hines’ condition have been shared.
Through four games this season, the running back had eight rushes for 11 yards and 17 receptions for 113 yards. The Carolina State product has been with Indianapolis since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.