Texans' Tom Savage briefly returns despite suffering scary-looking concussion
T.J. Yates is now in at quarterback for the Texans, but not before Savage was allowed to re-enter the game
The NFL's concussion protocol appeared to fail Sunday when Texans quarterback Tom Savage took a huge hit, looked to have suffered a scary head injury, but was still allowed to re-enter the game. Ultimately, Savage headed back to the locker room where he was diagnosed with a concussion, but not before he returned to the field.
After getting slammed to the turf, Savage didn't get up immediately and his extended arms appeared to twitch for a few seconds. It was horrifying, even though it's impossible to know what exactly happened. The video below is not an easy watch:
An official stood directly over Savage and saw how he reacted to the hit, but Savage still returned to the game without missing an offensive play after he disappeared into the sideline medical tent for a quick evaluation, according the John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Eventually, he headed to the locker room and handed over the offense to Texans backup quarterback T.J. Yates. The Texans then ruled Savage out with a concussion.
This isn't the first time this season that the NFL's concussion protocol has warranted criticism. In November, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett appeared to be woozy after a big hit, but still re-entered the game. The Colts placed him in the concussion protocol after the game. The team claimed that Brissett passed all concussion tests during the game and didn't show symptoms of a concussion until he was in the locker room following the game.
The Colts' process was
Sunday's incident comes during a time when much of the dialogue surrounding the NFL has been centered around player safety. There was the recent incident of.
Steelers linebacker And that same game featured a couple of gnarly headshots involving and .
In 2015, a study found thatIn July,
With all of the increased awareness surrounding concussions and head injuries, don't be surprised if the NFL investigates what happened on Sunday.
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