Last night the ever resilient Kevin Baxter at the LA Times reported some troubling news. Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV will miss the beginning of the 2018 MLS season after suffering a concussion in training, the latest in a series of brain injuries that have taken their toll on a promising career.
Jamieson, 21, banged heads with teammate Jorgen Skjelvik during practice on Jan. 28. Skjelvik needed stitches to close a small wound and continued to play but doctors have prevented Jamieson from performing any physical activities since the accident. And the Galaxy say they are uncertain when he will be allowed to return.
After the most recent injury, Schmid said Jamieson met with a neurologist.
”He said ‘OK, let’s see how he progresses.’ But he hasn’t been able to progress very well,” the coach said. “It’s difficult because this, for me, was a big year for him. He’s a player with immense talent and has an opportunity to really step up.”
Added Galaxy president Chris Klein: “Certainly with a head injury, this is out of our hands. He’s obviously had a couple [of concussions] so we’re letting the doctors dictate the process. The health of Bradford the person is first and foremost.”
Concussions are no joke, as Taylor Twellman adds.
“The difficult part for Bradford is the smallest types of hits, the more often you have post-concussion syndrome and try to recover, the less likely you’re going to be able to play at a high level,” said Twellman, who still deals with headaches and other discomfort as a result of repeated concussions. “There’s no formula on how this works. My heart goes out to Bradford because, at 21, that just seems unfair.”
It’s incredibly unfair. However, all the Galaxy can do right now is get BJIV back to full health and re-evaluate. Get well soon Bradford.