Seahawks slammed with fine for Russell Wilson concussion rules violation
The Seattle Seahawks landed a six-figure fine on Thursday from the NFL for violating the league’s concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson in Week 9.
Wilson was taken off the field with a head injury against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 5 and should have been evaluated by an independent neurologist on the sideline. Instead, he went into the medical tent on the sidelines and emerged just seconds later before anybody else had gone in to check on him.
He was allowed back into the game shortly after, but the cameras showed what happened and the NFL launched an investigation during the following week. After nearly six weeks, Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that the conclusion of the NFL and NFLPA was that the Seahawks would be fined $100,000.
It’s a pretty substantial fine by NFL standards, but it’s still rather paltry when you consider the revenues these franchises generate. So if the NFL is truly trying to change the culture of the game and make head injuries a point of emphasis, it’s a little hard to see how this punishment sends any message at all.