ATHENS — Reggie Carter remembers getting up and thinking to himself: I can make it. The national television audience had seen Carter’s eyes roll in a daze. But Carter thought he could make it to the Georgia sideline and walk it off.
Then he tried walking.
“I felt myself veering to the right, and I saw coach (Kirby) Smart having his hand out saying (saying) get down,” Carter said. “That was the only thing I could see. I just got down.”
The research and debate on concussions is an ongoing issue. Carter, the senior Georgia inside linebacker, suffered the second one in as many years in last month’s game at Tennessee. UGA’s medical staff, headed up by Ron Courson, is known for its diligence and caution when it came to head injuries, so they proceeded cautiously when Carter came off the field.
Almost immediately, he was ruled out of the game. When he returned home with the rest of the team, Carter was instructed to keep his eyes away from I-pads or do other things that