The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 by the league for violating the NFL’s concussion protocols with quarterback Russell Wilson. As it stands, Seattle is the first team to be fined for violating the concussion evaluation procedures.
The fine was issued by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after a joint investigation by the NFL and player’s union. The NFLPA met with Goodell and signed off on the fine. Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs had the following to say:
The player was cleared to return to the game without going through the protocol, and that’s a clear violation.
The Seahawks organization said that they accept the findings but also added they did not knowingly disregard the protocol. They elaborated further saying that any mistakes were unintentional. As a result, the Seahawks coaching and medical staffs will be required to attend a remedial training regarding the concussion protocol.
The violation involving Wilson came during the Seahawks game against the Cardinals on Nov. 9. Wilson was sent to be evaluated by referee Walt Anderson. He got up before he was able to be evaluated and returned to the game.
The mistake is being called a “communications breakdown” as Wilson was not attended to by any medical personnel before returning to the game.
The Texans are also under investigation for a similar incident during which quarterback Tom Savage came back into a game after being concussed. That particular matter is still being reviewed by the league.