Seahawks Receive $100,000 Fine From the NFL
The Seattle Seahawks received a fine of $100,000 from the NFL today for not properly following protocol.
The fine comes after the league looked at the week 10 game against Arizona where QB Russell Wilson took a hit to the head and stayed in the game. Both the NFL and NFL Players Association reviewed the case, according to news reports.
"The results of the joint review determined that the protocol was triggered when Mr. Wilson was directed to the sideline for an evaluation after the referee, Walt Anderson, concluded that a medical examination was warranted," the joint statement read. "Nonetheless, the required evaluation was not conducted and Mr. Wilson was permitted to return to the game without an evaluation. Once it is determined that a medical examination is warranted, a player may only be cleared to return by the medical staff; Mr. Wilson's return to the field without a sideline concussion evaluation was therefore in violation of the Concussion Protocol. Subsequently the team medical staff did examine the player and clear him per the protocol."
"I think Walt did a great job, first of all. He made the smartest decision. I was fine though. A hundred percent fine. And then I finally went over through the whole concussion stuff. We went through every question you can imagine. I answered even some more for them just so they knew I was good and then went back in there" Wilson said.
"As determined by the NFL and NFLPA, an immediate update will be made to the protocol instructing officials, teammates, and coaching staff to take players directly to a member of the medical team for a concussion assessment," and "The NFL and the NFLPA will continue to look at potential modifications to the protocols in an effort to keep players safe" according to the statement made by the NFLPA.