INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jacoby Brissett adopted his weekly routine Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback stored choosing himself up off the turf and lining up behind heart. Perhaps he ought to have sat out this one.

After being cleared by the NFL’s concussion protocol late within the third quarter of a 20-17 loss to Pittsburgh, Brissett did not take postgame questions as a result of he was nonetheless being evaluated for a head harm by crew medical doctors.

“Scotty (Tolzien) started warming up as soon as Jacoby came out, because we could have lost him for the entire game,” coach Chuck Pagano mentioned, explaining one among Sunday’s odder scenes. “So he went through the protocol and pbaded it and got back out there in time to run that series.”

Team officers mentioned Brissett was initially evaluated for a concussion on the sideline twice — as soon as with crew medical doctors and as soon as by the unaffiliated neurological advisor. He handed each instances. Then, after the sport, he developed concussion-like signs once more and returned to the protocol.

Brissett completed the sport, as he has achieved each week since changing Tolzien because the starter in Week 2.

The second-year QB has repeatedly advised reporters he believes he owes it to his teammates to proceed enjoying, whatever the scenario, though his toughness has by no means been questioned.

Brissett wound up 14 of 24 for 222 yards with two TD pbades and one interception regardless of getting sacked three extra instances and taking a large number of hits from the Steelers. The drawback has been his late-game performances, which have included 4 interceptions within the fourth quarter or additional time this season.

And the largest mistake he made Sunday got here on the primary cross he threw after being allowed to return.

“It doesn’t fall on one guy,” Pagano mentioned. “We’ve got to play better, we’ve got to coach better. It’s on all of us.”

Brissett appeared to get harm when he took a shot to the pinnacle from Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier on a Three-yard run with the Colts main 17-9 late within the third quarter. Brissett stayed down briefly, then acquired up and jogged to the sideline the place he was examined for a head harm.

A couple of minutes later, following a Steelers punt, Tolzien ran onto the sphere and into the huddle. Before play resumed, Brissett grabbed his helmet and ran onto the sphere, forcing Tolzien to dash to the sideline.

“The docs did a great job and he went through the proper procedures, through the protocol, and he got back out there,” Pagano mentioned.

But Brissett continued to be ineffective. His first cross went by the arms of Jack Doyle and was picked off by Shazier on the Colts 10-yard line.

Three performs later, Ben Roethlisberger discovered Vance McDonald broad open ultimately zone for a 7-yard rating, after which Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant for a 2-point conversion that tied the rating at 17 with 11:52 to play.

Brissett managed only one extra first down the remainder of the way in which as Roethlisberger twice drove the Steelers into field-goal place, lastly organising Chris Boswell for the decisive 33-yarder as time expired.

Now the Colts may very well be in retailer for a weeklong debate about Brissett’s harm.

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