Seattle Seahawks fined $100,000 for violating NFL concussion protocol

The Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly following concussion protocol with their Pro Bowl quarterback

The Seattle Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly following concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson during a game in November.

The NFL and NFLPA announced their decision on Thursday following an investigation that lasted more than a month. Along with the financial penalty, Seattles coaching and medical staffs will be required to attend remedial training regarding the concussion protocol.

Seattle is the first team fined for such a violation.

The investigation determined that Wilson was allowed back on the field before a required evaluation was performed on the sideline.

Wilson was hit in the chin by Arizonas Karlos Dansby, who was flagged for roughing the passer. Referee Walt Anderson sent Wilson off the field. But Wilson was in Seattles injury tent for only a few moments and he missed just one play before returning to the field.

In this case, through a series of communication breakdowns, the protocol not followed, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday. The player was allowed to return to the game without going through the protocol, a clear violation.

The protocol was significantly strengthened over the postseason but were always looking for ways to make it better. In this case, all the medical personnel, coaches and referees have been told going forward when a referee removes a player, that player has to be received by medical personnel. It cant be to a coach.

The fact that didnt happen led to some of the confusion and led to him returning to the game before he had proper examination.

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