Seahawks fined $100K for Wilson concussion violation

Coaching staff must also attend remedial training

In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) speaks with head coach Pete Carroll, right, and assistant head coach Tom Cable during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly following concussion protocol with Wilson during this game in November. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — 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, Seattle’s 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.

The Seahawks said Thursday that it accepted the results of the investigation and that any missteps in violating the protocol were not intentional.

“I guess that’s what they decided to do. I thought everything was done in the right way,” Wilson said Thursday. “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. Other than that; that’s what they decided.”

Wilson was hit in the chin by Arizona’s Karlos Dansby, who was flagged for roughing the passer. Referee Walt Anderson sent Wilson off the field. But Wilson was in Seattle’s 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 post-season, but we’re 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 can’t be to a coach.

“The fact that didn’t happen led to some of the confusion and led to him returning to the game before he had proper examination.”

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