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Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 11:55 p.m. MST

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Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Ed Grady

Utah's team physicians don't work for athletics, they work for the UOC.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah should be extremely concerned about putting Wilson back on the field.

The last thing any team needs is for a player to die on the field from a hit that was exacerbated by a known medical condition.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Ufan, why do you think he's been held from activity since November and undergoing extensive testing. They aren't waiving their liability, they're clearing him for non-contact practice with further evaluation planned. I think a team of medical professionals has a little better grasp of the condition, along with associated risks, than to put anyone's life in danger.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

"Ed, yeah what are doctors with 30 years experience with the athletic population anyway?"

They are employees/contractors of the school. Why do you think the NFL changed it's concussion protocols? It's because team doctors sent players back on the field too soon because of pressure from coaches.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Ed, this isn't a concussion issue, it's a cardiovascular and neurological one. Hence, an issue that requires literally an entire TEAM of doctors; the team physician, presumably Dr. Petron, in this case is acting as a spokesperson, not a singular authority on whether he can or can't play.

TFUDD
SLC, UT

great news! I believe Travis Wilson will be a great quarterback. Last year, despite the injuries and bad luck, he managed to put up some decent numbers. There were 2 games in which he threw a combined to throw 9 picks(UCLA and Oregon St.) Throughout the year I would say ATLEASt 25% of the pics were a direct result of his receivers tipping the ball up when the ball was not thrown high. He struggled to come back after his hand injury and when he did come back he'd lost one of his biggest weapons, TE Jake Murphy.

This year should be a key turn around for Wilson and the whole team. Offensively they return Dres Anderson who will be bigger and faster along with Kenneth Scott. I though Scott would be the better player but we never really got to find out seeing as he got hurt in the first series of the season. They get him back along with some more speed at WR and more experience at OL and RB. Wilson will have more confidence and will put the UTES in the top quarter standings of the PAC-12.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Also, a warm welcome for Kendal Thompson to the University of Utah football program this summer! If Wilson is able to pass all evaluations and receive clearance to participate in fall camp, it will be a VERY interesting QB competition for the starting position, and even the back up spot with promising frosh on the roster.

Samurai Jake
Salt Lake City, UT

TW being cleared by the fall would be awesome. More competition for the QB group, which will result in some big plays between the QB corps and the WR corps. Go TW, Go Utes

rlsintx
Plano, TX

Good luck to you Travis Wilson. Live long, and prosper.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Also Ed, Petron's reputation is highly regarded in the state. If you ever visit the University Orthopedic Center in Salt Lake City, walk by his office and you'll notice thank you messages from several Cougar greats, and some Aggies, too, I believe.

daviscoug
Syracuse, UT

Great news for Travis Wilson. I wish him the best - both on and off the field.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Does TW just simply RS this year in order to be certain of his ability to play?

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm happy for Travis and wish him well.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

AZUTE1, from what I know of intracranial artery injuries (not a ton, but more than a layperson), once someone is officially cleared for play, it's because there is little to no risk of reinjury to it. If he's cleared in July, I would doubt a redshirt would be needed. The only reason I would see for redshirting is if he loses out to Thompson and they wanted to keep him to play after Thompson's eligibility is up.

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