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The NFL is investigating the Seattle Seahawks for a potential violation of the league’s concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday night, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Wilson took a massive shot to the head and neck area against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. He tried making the case that he wasn’t concussed to Walt Anderson, but Anderson sent him off for an evaluation from the independent neurologist.
However, Wilson didn’t appear to ever check in with the neurologist. Traditionally those checks are handled in the blue tent on the sidelines, but Wilson was caught on camera going into the tent by himself and emerging seconds later before re-entering the game. Nobody else entered the tent with him to perform the test during that time.
Russell Wilson sent off after taking hit to the chin for concussion check, ducked in the tent then sent right back out pic.twitter.com/8HXvKOGNuG
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The NFL is now investigating that matter and if they determine that the protocol was skirted, the Seahawks would be subject to discipline from the league. Even if Wilson wasn’t concussed on the play in question, those protocols are in place as a safeguard against players who have suffered head trauma from trying to stay in the game and putting themselves at risk.
The maximum fine the NFL can hand down for violating the concussion protocol is $150,000.
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