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What’s up with Taylor Twellman?

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 4, 2009

For the first time ever, I am seriously contemplating the Revolution’s future minus Taylor Twellman.  This after the team admits he won’t be traveling to North Carolina because of neck pain.

Chronic neck pain, as enterprising Revs fans have already discovered, is a symptom of post-concussion syndrome.  If you recall, Twellman suffered a concussion last August against Los Angeles and missed a few games.  He came back a couple of weeks later, but then sat out the playoff series against Chicago due the after effects of his concussion.

So, here we are five months later, and the franchise’s all-time leading scorer is sitting out of contact drills and can’t even train with the team because of bad neck pain.  This is not good.

I’m sorry, but when you hear about stuff like this, it’s hard not think of guys like Ted Johnson, Brett Lindros, Pat LaFontaine, Paul Kariya, and many others who had their career ended or changed dramatically by a severe concussion.

Edit: Evan Whitney has reminded us that last August’s concussion is actually #5 for Taylor…

September 13, 1999: Twellman suffers a concussion while playing against the University of Virginia.

January 2003: Twellman suffers two mild concussions in the span of one week while training with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

August 23, 2003: Twellman suffered broken cheekbones, a broken nose, and a Grade 2 concussion after being kicked in the face by Danny Califf.

One Response to “What’s up with Taylor Twellman?”

  1. Mike Flanagan said

    Obviously, Taylor’s health is the primary concern. I sense that a decision is looming where Taylor may have to seriously contemplate his playing future. I hope he does what’s best for him.

    The weird thing about that collision with Cronin is that he continued playing afterward, and wasn’t shelved until the playoffs. Maybe he was searching that 100th career goal before letting up?

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