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Former Pitt tight end Dorin Dickerson reportedly hides concussion in game with Detroit Lions

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Former Pitt tight end Dorin Dickerson has gone on to a relatively minor role in the NFL since graduating from the school. Well, okay - no career is a minor achievement but Dickerson has largely remained out of the spotlight.

But ICYMI, he was actually the center of a pretty interesting story over the weekend.

Dickerson, now playing for the Detroit Lions, found himself in the middle of an overtime game against the New York Giants. The Lions eventually lost 23-20 and Dickerson made a few negative plays in the extra session including a dropped pass and two holding penalties.

He apparently wasn't 100% since he believes he suffered a concussion. Dickerson, though, says he played through it:

Dickerson said he believed he was concussed on a special teams play early in the fourth quarter and said he "just got knocked out."

"Got a little concussion. Should have reported it," Dickerson said. "Thought I could get through it."

I've no doubt this stuff happens quite a bit - even in today's game where the NFL is pretty strict with the handling of players with concussions. Fact is that teams rely on players to report them or tell them if they're not feeling better. But as Dickerson allegedly proved, you can still get away with it.

Not sure how this will play with the Lions. He's not a major player in Detroit (coming into Sunday, he had only one catch on the season) and the Lions can obviously get by without him. Will be interesting to see how the team handles it going forward.

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