Seahawks violated National Football League concussion protocol with Russell Wilson

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

Before the next play was snapped, referee Walt Anderson ordered Wilson to go to the sideline so he could checked out by the medical staff. Wilson was never tested, though, and instead left the medical tent before being examined by a doctor, declaring himself good to go.

The NFL confirmed it is reviewing whether the Seattle Seahawks followed proper concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson told reporters after the game he was fine after the hit and only stayed on the ground because he thought his jaw might be stuck. During the change of possession, Wilson entered the tent and remained there for a longer period of time.

Wilson was on the field for two more plays before the Seahawks punted. "I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, 'Come off the field'".

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I think Walt did a great job first of all. I was fine, though, 100 percent fine.

The team can be subject to league discipline if concussion protocols are not followed properly.

You'd think by now that National Football League teams would know not to mess around with concussions.

The Seahawks can be fined up to $150,000, although it's unclear what their penalty will be. League protocol requires players showing symptoms to go to locker rooms and get cleared by an independent physician before reentering games, but Wilson returned to the game after just one play. Team employees or medical team members involved would also be required to attend remedial education.

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