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Watch the video (and read this DeadSpin article):Rams throw concussion protocol out window with QB Case Keenum
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Monday, November 23, 2015, 12:33
As the saying goes in Hollywood, Will Smith is already getting “Oscar buzz” for his performance in “Concussion,” a movie about a forensic pathologist who battled the NFL to not suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by the league’s players.
The film will open Christmas Day so if anyone is looking for Roger Goodell we already know where the NFL Commissioner won’t be.
For the record, what we witnessed in Sunday’s St. Louis-Baltimore game wasn’t a trailer for the movie but just another example that the NFL’s concussion policy is flawed.
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For some unknown reason, St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum remained in the game despite having his head slammed against the turf in a last-second loss to the Ravens.
According to Pro Football Talk, an injury spotter, who has the authority by the NFL to “stop play in order to remove from the field players potentially suffering from concussions” failed to do so.
Ok, but what about everyone else on the field, including referees and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher?
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Rams QB Case Keenum clearly shows concussion symptoms but nobody stops to assess him as he goes right back in for the next play.
Keenum was in obvious pain and struggled to rise to his feet even with the help of an offensive lineman. Clearly, the Rams noticed that Keenum appeared woozy because backup QB Nick Foles began warming up.
However, Keenum returned to the huddle and on second down threw a high but catchable ball that Wes Welker, who also has concussion issues, couldn’t snare. On third down, Keenum was sacked and fumbled, setting up Baltimore’s game-winning field goal.
Afterwards, Keenum was diagnosed with a concussion and unavailable to the media. Fisher did speak but was not asked about the irresponsible decision not to remove Keenum.
Maybe the real story will be told in “Concussion 2.”
Why The Hell Was A Clearly Concussed Case Keenum Left In The Game?