This could have dangerous implications. Switzer was cleared to return to play at Oakes Field after running into the GW bench and sustaining his head injury. After being checked and cleared, he wobbled back onto the field to punt for GW, and soon after taken off site to an emergency room.
Obviously, the initial, on-site diagnosis was incorrect, and perhaps that could be helped. Perhaps it cannot. I would trust trainers at GW as much as I would trust those at any West Virginia Conference college, at the very least. But once it was verified that Switzer had sustained a concussion in an event sanctioned by the SSAC, should it not be of concern to the governing body enough to record and track the event?
The NFL isn't the only level of football where players have become bigger, faster, stronger and ultimately more dangerous to each other's bodies. There will come a day when a high school player in West Virginia sustains a concussion, gets cleared to return to action the next day by a family physician, then turns around the following Tuesday and absorbs a hit in practice that causes irreparable brain damage or worse, kills him.
An injury-filing program and mandatory resting period are in the best interest of not only the players in question, but for the SSAC legal team. Better safe than sorry.
As for the specific player in this situation, Switzer remained remarkably chipper when talking about his status Saturday.
"(It) scared me, but I'll be back even more hungry," he wrote in a text message. "P.S. I'm still gonna win the Kennedy."
Every GW opponent, and quite a few people who don't face off against the Patriots this season, will be sure to take that statement as braggadocio. Those who know Switzer, however, know it to be perfectly representative of the resolve he possesses.
To him, the statement means, "My goal is to win the Kennedy Award again."
But there is no "try" to Switzer. Call it Zen, call it a Jedi mind trick, call it whatever you'd like, but the 17-year-old sees life in a very "do or do not"-sort of way.
The funny thing is that if he returns quickly and remains healthy, he's probably right.