Before Thursday night time, the first flaws with the concussion protocol badociated to the recognizing of potential concussions and the flagging of a participant for badysis. On Thursday night time, a brand new flaw emerged: The failure of a crew to correctly have a look at a participant who had been despatched to the sideline for badysis.
In the third quarter, with the Seahawks main 15-10, referee Walt Anderson despatched Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to the sideline for an badysis after he took a helmet from Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby to the jaw. Initially, Wilson went to the medical tent for a concussion badysis. As the tent was being dropped over him, Wilson received up and left, insisting “I’m fine” and returning to the sector.
No one stopped him. Based on the NFL’s coverage, somebody ought to have.
“A thorough review is underway,” the NFL stated in a press release issued on Friday morning. “According to the policy jointed developed by the NFL and NFLPA, if the Concussion Protocol is not properly followed the club is subject to discipline.”
If the coverage is utilized as written, a violation can be discovered, as a result of nothing was carried out to correctly consider Wilson through the one play that he missed.
The NFL’s “concussion checklist” requires, for starters, the crew doctor to overview the video of the play. (It’s unclear whether or not that occurred.) Then, the crew doctor should “at a minimum” ask the participant what occurred, overview the go/no-go indicators and signs, and ask the so-called Maddock’s questions. Then, if there’s any doubt that the participant could have been concussed, a full NFL sideline concussion evaluation will happen within the locker room.
(The Maddock’s questions embody: 1. At what venue are we as we speak?; 2. Which half is it now?; three. Who scored final on this match?; four. What did you play final week?; and 5. Did your crew win the final sport?)
Here, the badysis consisted, by all appearances, of Wilson saying, “I’m fine” and returning to the sector, with the journey to the medical tent delayed till after the drive had ended. The proven fact that Wilson delayed the badysis confirms that the badysis ought to have occurred not then however when Wilson first went to the sideline.
If a violation is discovered, the Seahawks will face a most effective of $150,000. Also, membership workers or medical crew members concerned within the course of can be required to attend remedial schooling.
Whatever the result, it’s clear that Wilson ought to have been evaluated not after the drive ended however instantly after being despatched to the sideline. Fine or not, the principles require way more than what the Seahawks did final night time.