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NFL: ‘Thorough review underway’ of Russell Wilson concussion evaluation

The NFL on Friday released a statement indicating a “thorough review” is underway examining whether concussion protocol was followed by Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks during Thursday night’s game.

“A thorough review is underway,” the NFL statement read, via Pro Football Talk. “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.”

The potential discipline for a violation of concussion protocol includes a $150,000 fine for the first offense. Team employees and/or medical team members would also be required to attend remedial education. A loss of draft picks is also possible, per NFL.com.

The sequence of events that inspired league review began when Wilson took a vicious hit to the jaw from Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby during a play in the third quarter.

Referee Walt Anderson ordered Wilson off the field for a concussion examination, which now includes a visit to a blue tent located on team sidelines. Wilson, however, spent mere moments in the tent never interacted with medical personnel.

As noted in an ESPN report, NFL concussion protocol dictates “that a player believed to have concussion symptoms cannot return to ‘practice or play’ unless a team physician and an independent neurological consultant clear him.”

Wilson promptly returned to the field and participated in two more plays before the Seahawks were forced to punt. Wilson was then examined more thoroughly in the medical tent and returned to the field on the next Seahawks possession, indicating he was cleared on the second visit.

Wilson downplayed the situation after the game, saying he suffered a jaw injury, not anything close to a concussion.

“I think Walt did a great job first of all,” Wilson said of the referee’s actions. “He made the smartest decision. I was fine, though, 100 percent fine. And then they finally went over through the whole concussion stuff and all that. We went through every question you could imagine, and I answered even some more for them just so they knew I was good, and then went back in there.”