The NFL apparently has closed the book on the question of whether consequences should flow from last Sunday’s Case Keenum concussion debacle. That hardly means that the situation is over.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL Players Association is “somewhat befuddled” by the league’s position that no further action will be taken. Especially since, as Chris Mortensen of ESPN mentioned earlier today, the NFLPA’s investigation regarding the situation continues.
The league dropped a strong hint regarding its attitude regarding the situation via the statement released on Wednesday, during which the NFL said that, in the future, there will be “consideration of discipline for future violations of the protocols.”
From the NFLPA’s perspective, consideration of discipline should be on the table for the Keenum case, which regardless of the process resulted in an unacceptable outcome. And the absence of discipline in the wake of an unacceptable outcome will do nothing to ensure that, in future situations, teams and others will err on the side of removing a potentially concussed player from the game.