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NFL reviewing if Seahawks followed concussion protocol after QB Russell Wilson hit

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

An NFL spokesman said Friday that the league is conducting a review of whether the Seahawks followed the protocols when Wilson was sent off the field in the third quarter of Seattle’s 22-16 win over Arizona.

“A thorough review is underway,” the NFL said in its statement. “According to the policy jointly developed by the NFL and NFLPA, if the Concussion Protocol is not properly followed the club is subject to discipline.”

The incident occurred after Wilson took a jarring hit to the head and neck area from Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, who who was flagged for roughing the passer. While Wilson did not show any obvious signs of a concussion, referee Walt Anderson invoked his right to send Wilson off the field for a test.

But Wilson was in Seattle’s injury tent for only a few moments, missing just one play.

The NBC’s broadcast showed Wilson run to the sideline and sit down in the area where the tent would be pulled over him. But Wilson got back up before medical officials had a chance to check him out.

Wilson replaced backup Austin Davis after the one play and was on the field for two more plays before the Seahawks punted. During the change of possession, Wilson again entered the tent and remained there for a longer period of time. He was on the field when the Seahawks regained possession.

“I wasn’t concussed or anything like that,” Wilson said after the game. “I was just trying to move my jaw. I was like, ‘Ah, man, it’s stuck.’ I think I was kinda like laying down on the ground for a second just trying to get my jaw, and I think Walt thought maybe I was injured or something like that. I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, ‘Come off the field.’

“I think Walt did a great job first of all. He made the smartest decision. I was fine, though, 100 percent fine. And then they finally went over through the whole concussion stuff and all that. We went through every question you could imagine, and I answered even some more for them just so they knew I was good, and then went back in there.”

The NFL concussion policy states that a player believed to have concussion symptoms cannot return to “practice or play” unless a team physician and an independent neurological consultant clear him.

The NFL investigates all credible reports of policy violations. Teams can be fined up to $150,000 for a first offense of violating the concussion protocol, according to a policy enacted jointly with the NFL Players Association in 2016. Team employees or medical team members involved would also be required to attend remedial education.

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