NFL to investigate Texans over Tom Savage concussion protocol
The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed on Monday to conduct a joint review of whether the correct concussion protocols were followed during the Houston Texans game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon.
Texans quarterback Tom Savage, who was slammed to the turf by 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil in the second quarter, started twitching on the ground, but was allowed to briefly to return to the game before being replaced by backup quarterback T.J. Yates.
Tom Savage, who was prevented from going back into the game by the referees, had to be escorted back to his team’s locker room for further testing.
Spokesperson Joe Lockhart, who serves as the executive vice president of communications and top public relations official for the NFL, opened up about the situation to reporters during a conference call.
Per reporter A.J. Perez of USA TODAY Sports:
“Together, we will conduct a thorough review of the incident and will focus on whether the protocol was properly followed,” Lockhart said on Monday. “We will also continue to look at the protocol to improve and strengthen it. Any information developed in this investigation or any review that can strengthen the protocol will be enacted on an expeditious basis in conjunction with the NFLPA.”
After Sunday’s game, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien spoke about the incident and defended the team’s head trainer Geoff Kaplan.
“With benefit of seeing the video, obviously from my standpoint — the care for the player — I would have never let that player back into the game and I don’t believe [head trainer] Geoff Kaplan would have let that player back in the game,” O’Brien said, via Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans, who fell to 4-9 after their 26-16 loss to the 49ers at NRG Stadium, have now lost three straight games and six of their last seven contests.