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When concussion knowledgeable Chris Nowinski noticed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett crumple to the bottom Sunday, seize his head and lie immobile for a number of seconds, he did not wonder if Brissett would move the NFL concussion protocol.

“The player showed extraordinarily clear concussion signs after getting hit in the head,” Nowinski instructed USA TODAY Sports on Monday. “The player shouldn’t even have had to go through the protocol to be withheld for the game.”

Brissett was simply one in all a number of gamers to rapidly return to the sphere after sustaining a vicious hit within the NFL this weekend. In Washington, vast receiver Ryan Grant appeared dazed after being hit by 329-pound lineman Linval Joseph. The crew stated he was evaluated, cleared to return, then re-evaluated and dominated out. Meanwhile, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson solely missed one play after taking a success on the chin Thursday night time. 

The NFL stated in a press release Friday that it was investigating the Wilson incident. A league spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail inquiry Monday about whether or not related investigations had been being carried out relating to Brissett and Grant.

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Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, took to Twitter on Sunday night time, calling the league’s concussion protocol “a fraud.” Reached by USA TODAY Sports on Monday, he expanded upon that view, saying the league’s present protocol has “glaring weaknesses.”

“Everyone in the concussion field knows that the concussion protocol’s not accurate 100 percent of the time,” Nowinski stated. “The sideline exams don’t catch each concussion. That’s a truth. And the sideline take a look at is just not as sturdy because it could possibly be, and that’s by alternative, so gamers are slipping by way of.

“Right now, as an outdoor observer, the protocol seems to weight that it’s a higher sin to carry a wholesome participant out than to place an injured participant in. And that’s fully backwards.”

The Colts stated in a press release Sunday night time that Brissett was evaluated by crew docs for a concussion, handed their exams and returned to the bench. Then, when the crew’s unbiased neurological advisor was out there, he additionally examined Brissett and cleared him, based on the badertion. The Colts stated Brissett, who was not made out there for remark Sunday night time, developed concussion signs within the locker room after the sport.

When requested how the league’s protocol could possibly be improved, Nowinski stated that, amongst different issues, the NFL might implement a minimal period of time for which a doubtlessly concussed participant should sit out earlier than returning.

“A time minimal would improve the probabilities of catching delayed signs, or the participant selecting to self-report,” he stated. 

Nowinski stated this week’s concussion protocol points aren’t distinctive. He pointed to a state of affairs involving Kansas City Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce final month and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore re-entering a recreation in January as examples.

“The drawback is no one’s making a giant deal out of those instances, in order that they proceed to occur,” he stated.

NFL reporter Lorenzo Reyes and The Indianapolis Star contributed to this report.

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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