Russell Wilson disagrees with Seahawks being fined $100K
Russell Wilson weighed in on the Seattle Seahawks being fined $100,000 by the NFL for violating concussion protocol related to an incident directly involving him, saying, “I guess that’s what they decided to do.”
The NFL on Thursday announced the fine, stating in part that a joint review by the NFL and NFLPA determined there “was a failure in the application of the protocol following the tackle of Mr. Wilson.”
The incident in question occurred during Seattle’s Nov. 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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.
Russell Wilson leaves game, briefly, after this shot to the jaw: pic.twitter.com/mOkkI8AEXR
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 10, 2017
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 and never interacted with medical personnel.
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
— That Dude (@cjzer0) November 10, 2017
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.”
The Seahawks quickly on Thursday issued a statement acknowledging the fine and indicating the team would accept it.
Statement from a @Seahawks spokesperson: pic.twitter.com/DAeAI6MNw7
— Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) December 21, 2017
Wilson, however, does not understand why the Seahawks were fined in the first place, arguing neither he nor the team did anything wrong.
“I guess that’s what they decided to do,” Wilson said Thursday, via the News Tribune. “I thought that everything was done in the right way. There was a lot of confusion on why I was coming out of the game anyway. … I was completely clear. My jaw was messed up, but other than that … that’s what they decided.”
Wilson is indeed correct that his jaw was messed up, as evidenced by some shenanigans from him related to needing his jaw realigned. Others may disagree, however, with Wilson’s contention that “everything was done in the right way.” The case can be made the NFL’s concussion protocol was completely disregarded in this instance, even if Wilson insists he was not concussed.