Just more than 13 years ago, with his Oklahoma Sooners playing in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament, forward Eduardo Najera set a blind screen on Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves that resulted in a scary collision that knocked Najera completely out with a concussion. In a move that thankfully wouldn't be replicated today, Najera returned to the contest 14 minutes later, to the great delight of applauding Sooner fans willing to look past the degree of danger he was putting himself in by playing so soon after a concussion. Even just 13 years ago, those were different times.
Now a Charlotte Bobcat, Najera recently suffered a less visually frightening but potentially more dangerous injury on the court. On Friday night, Eduardo took an inadvertent elbow from Milwaukee Bucks big man John Brockman that can be seen at the 17-second mark of this video. It won't make you as squeamish as the clip from his NCAA days, but the impact is decidedly more severe, even if Najera stayed on his feet: