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Chip Kelly appears to take shot at Russell Wilson’s ‘miracle’ water


Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became the target of criticism — or at least the subject of some skepticism — earlier this season when he credited a product he endorses in helping quickly heal a concussion he suffered in last season’s NFC Championship Game. Count Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly among the detractors concerning such dubious claims.

Kelly was discussing the revelation that safety Malcolm Jenkins admitted he did not disclose to the team’s coaches, trainers and medical staff that he suffered a concussion during the second quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and continued to play the entire second half while experiencing symptoms. The Eagles head coach was asked if there is anything currently in sports science that can help with the issue of concussions. Kelly doesn’t appear to believe so.

“No,” Kelly said Thursday, via “I don’t think there’s a lot out there right now. People say they drink a certain water and that helps them, but until there is real — I don’t think there is anything you can do unless you’re teaching proper tackling techniques and things like that from a technical standpoint to prevent it when you have a blow like that that’s going to prevent a concussion.”

There’s no way to ascertain for certain well Kelly’s comment about a “certain water” helping treat concussions was a direct shot at Wilson’s claims but given how big of a story Wilson’s comments in a Rolling Stone profile eventually became concerning the supposed miraculous restorative properties of Recovery Water.

“I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine,” he said. “It was the water.”

Quickly seguing out of a testimonial befitting a snake oil salesman, Wilson added, “Well, we’re not saying we have real medical proof.”

Wilson later backtracked on when confronted about his comments, saying they were “perceived wrong.”

Kelly probably believes Wilson shouldn’t have made them in the first place.