Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was knocked out of his team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a concussion, but the NFL is looking into the handling of his injury.
Midway through the second quarter, Savage took a shot to the upper body from linebacker Elvis Dumervil after throwing a pass, and his reaction to the blow was frightening. After being driven into the ground, Savage appeared frozen in place momentarily and his hands began to twitch before he finally rolled over onto his stomach.
— (@3lone) December 10, 2017
Savage left the field and went under the familiar blue tent on the sideline for an examination, but he was allowed to return. He did not leave for the locker room until the next series, and he then was ruled out for the rest of the afternoon with a concussion.
NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Stills has already started reviewing the steps taken by everyone involved after Savage was hit, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Dr. Allen Sills, @NFL’s chief medical officer, initiated a review of all aspects of the protocols and procedures relating to #Texans QB Tom Savage. Standard review. He’ll speak to relevant medical personnel & review reports from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant & spotters.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2017
This isn’t the first time this season there have been questions asked about the handling of a player who needs to be checked for a concussion. The Seattle Seahawks have been investigated by the NFL for quarterback Russell Wilson staying in the injury tent for mere seconds before returning to the field after a referee sent him off to the sidelines to be checked for a concussion earlier this season.
Also, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett finished a game in November against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but afterwards was placed in concussion protocol.
However, what those situations don’t have was a player twitching while on the ground.