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Posted: December 22, 2017

Seattle Seahawks fined $100,000 for violating concussion protocol

The NFL ruled the Seahawks did not follow the league's concussion protocol after quarterback Russell Wilson was hit by the Cardinals' Karlos Dansby.
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The NFL ruled the Seahawks did not follow the league's concussion protocol after quarterback Russell Wilson was hit by the Cardinals' Karlos Dansby.

By David Solano, KIRO7.com

The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 by the NFL over how they handled the league's concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson in their game against Arizona on Nov. 9.

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The NFL ruled the Seahawks did not follow the league's concussion protocol after Wilson was hit by Karlos Dansby in Glendale, Arizona.

After taking a hit to the jaw, Wilson went to the medical tent briefly before returning to the game.

The NFL and NFL Players Association investigated the matter and decided to fine the Seahawks $100,000.

"I guess that is what they decided to do,” Wilson said. “I thought everything was done in the right way. There was a lot of confusion. I didn't really understand why I was coming out of the game anyway, I was completely clear. My jaw was a little messed up but other than that, that is what they decided."

The Seahawks released this statement:

"We accept the findings of the NFL and NFLPA joint investigation into the Seahawks-Cardinals game on Nov. 9. We did not knowingly disregard the Concussion Protocol. Any misstep was unintentional and the result of confusion on the sideline."

According to a joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA, the Seahawks coaching and medical staffs will now be required to attend additional training regarding the protocol.

Wilson said the NFL’s decision to fine the Seahawks does not change what he does moving forward when it comes the concussion protocol.

“What should I change? I think more than anything it's just playing ball,” said Wilson. “I felt completely clear. So there's nothing really to change really, honestly."


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