NFL Changes Concussion Protocol After Savage Incident
HOUSTON (AP) – The NFL and the players’ union have announced a series of changes to the way possible concussions are handled during games.
The move follows an ugly incident in which Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.
Among the changes is using a centralized neurotrauma consultant at the league office to monitor feeds of all games. That person will be able to contact team medical staff on the sidelines if they see anything that deserves further evaluation. Players show signs of a seizure or fencing responses, like Savage did, will be removed from the game and cannot return.