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Report: NFL could examine whether Russell Wilson skirted concussion protocol (vids)

Russell Wilson’s remarkably brief initial visit to the medical tent during the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night may have been a violation of the NFL’s concussion protocol.

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.

“I was just trying to move my jaw. I was like, ‘Ah, man, it’s stuck,'” Wilson said. “I think I was kinda like laying down on the ground for a second just trying to get my jaw, and I think Walt thought maybe I was injured or something like that. I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, ‘Come off the field.’

“I think Walt did a great job first of all. 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.”

Teams can be fined upwards of $150,000 for a first violation of concussion protocol, among other consequences. It will be interesting to see how the NFL approaches the situation in the coming days.