The NFL’s overhauled concussion protocol saw one of its first big tests in the Week 2 matchup between the Bills and Jets, as Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor was briefly pulled from the game to be checked by doctors.
While scrambling, Taylor was sandwiched by three Jets defenders, one of whom went high with a helmet-to-helmet collision that drew a penalty. The Bills signal-caller was a little slow to get up, which led to official Ed Hochuli alerting doctors of a potential concussion.
Taylor exited the game to undergo testing, but after only a few plays, he was cleared to return.
The exit is significant for several reasons. For one, it’s perhaps the best example we’ve seen yet of the new concussion protocol, where a player can be yanked from a game when it appears a concussion may have occurred. Second, after all the drama over Panthers signal-caller Cam Newton and the apparent lack of action by the NFL despite several shots at his head, it’s evidence that the league is willing to follow through with this.
Meanwhile, the Bills are just happy Taylor is fine, especially because it looks like they’ll need their quarterback to mound a comeback before this Thursday night clash is over.