Seahawks, Russell Wilson reportedly violated concussion protocol

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Seahawks, Russell Wilson reportedly violated concussion protocol

Seahawks, Russell Wilson reportedly violated concussion protocol

The Seahawks could be in for a major fine this week.

Seattle violated the NFL's concussion protocol during Thursday's win over the Cardinals by allowing quarterback Russell Wilson to re-enter the game without being cleared to return by a team doctor and an independent physician, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the Seahawks can be fined up to $150,000 for the infraction, though it remains unclear what punishment the team will face.

The NFL confirmed Friday that it is conducting a "thorough review" of whether the Seahawks properly followed the league's concussion protocol after Wilson endured a pop to the chin from linebacker Karlos Dansby. Referee Walt Anderson sent Wilson off the field for a concussion check, but Wilson spent just one play on the sideline before running back onto the field.

Wilson told reporters after the game he was fine after the hit and only stayed on the ground because he thought his jaw might be stuck.

"I think I was kind of like laying down on the ground for a second just trying to get my jaw,” Wilson said, “and I think Walt thought maybe I was injured or something like that. I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, 'Come off the field.'


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"I think Walt did a great job first of all. He made the smartest decision. I was fine, though, 100 percent fine. And then they finally went over through the whole concussion stuff and all that. We went through every question you could imagine, and I answered even some more for them just so they knew I was good, and then went back in there."

The Seahawks will return to action when they host the Falcons for Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET in Week 11.