Kevin SeifertNFL NationClose
- ESPN.com nationwide NFL author
- ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013
- Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008
The Seattle Seahawks might be scrutinized within the coming days for a attainable violation of NFL coverage Thursday night time when quarterback Russell Wilson was despatched off the sphere for a concussion test.
The episode occurred halfway via the third quarter of the Seahawks’ 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals, when Wilson absorbed a success to the chin from linebacker Karlos Dansby. Wilson didn’t present any apparent indicators of a concussion, however referee Walt Anderson invoked his proper to ship Wilson off the sphere for a check.
Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson related for a pair of TDs because the Seahawks dealt with the Cards, however Seattle noticed Richard Sherman and others depart early.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated the staff was “going to miss the heck out of ” cornerback Richard Sherman, who suffered a ruptured Achilles in Thursday night time’s 22-16 win over Arizona.
The NFL concussion coverage states participant believed to have concussion signs can’t return to “practice or play” except a staff doctor and an unbiased neurological advisor clear him. Teams might be fined if the league finds they didn’t comply with protocol designed to make sure medical clearance earlier than any participant returns to the sphere.
This season, the league added a blue sideline tent to permit the preliminary check to be administered in personal.
With backup Austin Davis within the recreation, NBC’s broadcast confirmed Wilson working to the sideline after which sitting down within the space the place the tent can be pulled over him. But Wilson received again up earlier than medical officers had an opportunity to hitch him after which changed Davis after one play.
Wilson was on the sphere for 2 extra performs earlier than the Seahawks punted. During the change of possession, Wilson once more entered the tent and remained there for an extended time period. He was on the sphere when the Seahawks regained possession.
The NFL investigates all credible stories of coverage violations. Teams might be fined as much as $150,000 for a primary offense of violating the concussion protocol, based on a coverage enacted collectively with the NFL Players Association in 2016. Team workers or medical staff members concerned would even be required to attend remedial training.