Telvin Smith first cleared, then diagnosed with concussion

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Amid continued scrutiny of the NFL’s concussion evaluation policies, Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith is the latest player to have a questionable evaluation.

During today’s game against the Cardinals, the Jaguars announced that Smith had been removed from the game to undergo a concussion evaluation. Minutes later, the team announced that Smith had been cleared, and he returned to the field and played.

And then shortly after that, the Jaguars announced that Smith has a concussion after all and has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

The league has faced questions this season over incidents that called into question how effective the concussion diagnosis protocols are. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was removed from a game for a concussion evaluation that appeared to last only a few seconds, while Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett was cleared to return to a game when it was later revealed that he actually did have a concussion.

Smith’s concussion is the latest incident that will cause more scrutiny for the league.

4 responses to “Telvin Smith first cleared, then diagnosed with concussion

  1. The protocol is bogus. Designed to look like the league cares about player safety. Put the sideline evaluation process in the hands of an independent doctor solely. without team influence and you’ll see results that will look out for the player.

  2. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    (sigh) At some point the media is going to understand that symptom are often delayed. Sometimes it’s minutes, often it’s a day.

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    when you don’t truly
    go through the proper protocol, what you just said is meaningless

    fleener gets tuned up and they don’t even sit him down

    face it, if this was the pats, people would be calling for their heads

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