Handling of Chris Conley concussion evaluation is under investigation

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The Dolphins aren’t the only playoff team that found itself under NFL scrutiny as a result of a potential violation of the concussion protocol. Per a league source, the handling of Chiefs receiver Chris Conley’s concussion evaluation currently is being reviewed by the NFL Players Association.

It’s unclear whether the NFL is also investigating the situation. The concussion protocol authorizes either or both parties to explore a potential violation.

Conley absorbed a blow to the head from Steelers defensive back Sean Davis in the divisional playoff game. Conley sat on the field while being attended to by trainers and, at one point, TV images suggested that he had an apparent blank, vacant look on his face, which is one of the potential concussion signs under the protocol. Conley missed only one play.

Although he was evaluated on the sideline, the question (as it is with Matt Moore) becomes whether Conley should have been taken to the locker room for a full concussion evaluation. The protocol makes a locker-room evaluation mandatory if the player “exhibits or reports signs or symptoms of concussion on the field.”

11 responses to “Handling of Chris Conley concussion evaluation is under investigation

  1. Im 46 now. Im assuming that by the time Im 66 there wont be an NFL anymore. This concussion stuff has ruined the game. If you dont want concussions then dont play. How did this league exist from its inception until about 10 years ago?

  2. Common theme that nobody in the media has mentioned:

    How many vicious shots to the head did the Steelers deliver in the playoffs alone?

  3. If he displayed a blank look on TV then isn’t that the responsibility of the NFLord spotter? On field trainers dont see everything. The NFL employed the spotters and independent neurologists for this specific event.

    With that being said, no way the NFL investigates this. They would just prove once again they failed to show authentic concern about concussions.

  4. Steelers’ defense consist of two things. Cheap shots to the head and face mask tackles. Don’t tell me how great this defense is when all they do is cheat and try to maim opponents.

  5. arwiv says:
    Jan 25, 2017 10:06 PM
    Im 46 now. Im assuming that by the time Im 66 there wont be an NFL anymore. This concussion stuff has ruined the game. If you dont want concussions then dont play. How did this league exist from its inception until about 10 years ago?
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    There weren’t any lawsuits regarding concussions during that span. If that didn’t happen, then the league wouldn’t have taken so many steps to make the game safer. I’m not sure if it was ever proven that the league knew more about head trauma than they let on, but if they did, then the lawsuits were justified.

  6. No way this guy should have been allowed back on the field. He had to have two guys walk him back to the sidelines because his knees were so wobbly.

  7. Clearly the NFL is looking the other way when it comes to critical games due to ratings. The money guys (networks) are calling the shots.

    @kcchefs58 is correct. The crazy rules were only implemented after the concussion lawsuit was filed. Sounds like the NFL needs another lawsuit to respond seriously to the concussions now that they’re allowing teams to ignore concussions. The so-called spotter is either too busy stuffing his face or is instructed to ignore the concussions.

  8. The NFL should make any player who leads with his head and who gets penalized for it have to play the rest of the game without their helmet…that would stop these hits.

  9. If they ever did this, then Shazier might as well have the Steelers logo tattooed on the side of his bald head, since he’d never get to wear a helmet.

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