Jarring as it might have been to see Texans quarterback Tom Savage mendacity on the bottom along with his arms twitching after a brutal hit ultimately zone, what occurred moments later was each bit as disturbing.
Savage got here again onto the sphere.
The NFL’s concussion protocol got here below heavy criticism after it failed Savage on Sunday in Houston’s 26-16 loss to the 49ers. Solely after Savage briefly returned to the sport did the medical crew decide that the quarterback did, certainly, have a concussion and take away him from the sport.
The truth that Savage was allowed again in after being thrown to the bottom by Elvis Dumervil of the 49ers — his arms twitching as he laid immediately beneath referee John Hussey — will result in extra questions this week about how the NFL handles head trauma. The NFL requires two skilled spotters within the press field, a group physician and an unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor on the sideline to assist diagnose concussions.
“They try to make the most effective determination for the participant,” Texans coach Invoice O’Brien stated.
Extra to the purpose was this from Chris Nowinski , a longtime critic of the NFL’s dealing with of concussions: “Disgusted that the Houston Texans allowed Tom Savage to return to the sport after two performs after displaying these horrifying concussion indicators (is seizure?) after a head affect,” Nowinski tweeted.
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BIG WIN, BIGGER LOSS: The Eagles clinched the NFC East with a 43-35 win over the Rams, however might have misplaced quarterback Carson Wentz to a knee damage within the course of. Wentz took Mark Barron’s helmet to his left knee whereas diving into the top zone for a landing that was known as again due to a holding penalty. Wentz is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to guage the severity of the damage. Two individuals accustomed to the damage advised Related Press that Wentz tore his ACL and can be out for the season. The individuals didn’t need their names used as a result of they weren’t licensed to debate the damage. Different QBs harm Sunday have been Marcus Mariota of the Titans (knee) and Josh McCown of the Jets (hand).
BIG BEN: Ben Roethlisberger grew to become the primary quarterback to throw for 500 yards in three video games and the Steelers, after squandering an early 14-point lead, rallied from 11 down for a 39-38 win over Baltimore. Roethlisberger’s numbers: 44 for 66 for 506 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger’s earlier 500-yard video games got here in 2014 (522 yards vs. Colts) and 2009 (503 vs. Packers).
SNOW DAY: Snowball struggle! On a day like this, Payments linebacker Ryan Davis may hardly resist. Davis scooped up handfuls of the white stuff and began pelting teammates to have a good time a sack. It was one among dozens of must-see moments from Buffalo’s 13-7 extra time win over Indianapolis that might be remembered for one factor: snow. Followers constructed snowmen within the stands, gamers did snow angels on the sphere and all 11 members of the Colts particular groups — plus some sideline personnel who have been later faraway from the sphere by officers — needed to kick away piles of ankle-high snow to clear a spot for Adam Vinatieri to strive the game-tying additional level late within the fourth quarter.
WALK-OFF WIN: Davante Adams closed out Inexperienced Bay’s comeback win over the Browns in type. After catching the cross from Brett Hundley and spinning away, he scooted into the top zone, then saved proper on operating into the tunnel . Remaining rating: Inexperienced Bay 27, Cleveland 21. It was Inexperienced Bay’s second straight extra time win and it saved the Packers alive within the playoff hunt, at 7-6, with Aaron Rodgers rounding into well being and presumably obtainable to return subsequent week. Oh, and poor Cleveland discovered yet one more solution to lose. The Browns led 21-7 with 13 minutes left, however fell to Zero-13.
FINE TIME: The NFL is likely to be moving into some Seahawks’ wallets this week. The Jaguars have been taking a knee after icing their 30-24 win over Seattle, however Seahawks defensive deal with Michael Bennett dived at middle Brandon Linder’s knees and triggered a struggle. Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch, and Fournette went after Bennett. Extra pushing and shoving ensued after the following kneel-down, and defensive finish Quinton Jefferson was tossed. Jefferson tried to climb into the stands after getting hit with what appeared like a plastic bottle. Seattle coach Pete Carroll additionally received flagged for coming onto the sphere.
AP Sports activities Writers Rob Maaddi and Mark Lengthy contributed to this report.
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