Dolphins failed to follow concussion protocol with Matt Moore

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The NFL and NFL Players Association finally have identified a violation of the in-game concussion protocol. The penalty is . . . a somewhat strongly worded letter.

The league and the union announced that the protocol “was not strictly followed” after Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore took a hit to the chin and mouth during a wild-card game against the Steelers. The team doctor and the unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant did not recognize that Moore had a documented symptom (bleeding from the mouth) that required further evaluation in the locker room.

“There is no indication that competitive issues had an impact on the care that Mr. Moore received, nor did Mr. Moore demonstrate any concussion symptoms either during or at any time following the game,” the statement explained.

The Dolphins have been asked to engage their staff in a full review of the protocol, and to conduct additional education, if necessary. The Dolphins also were warned that “any future deviation” from the concussion protocol could result in “enhanced discipline, including monetary fines assessed against the Club.”

The announcement doesn’t specify the sanction, if any, applicable to the unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant, who along with the Miami team doctor failed to notice that Moore was bleeding from the mouth and, thus, required an evaluation in the locker room.

Regardless, it seems like a fairly light punishment for a bright-line violation of a policy that the league views as having critical importance to player health and safety.

47 responses to “Dolphins failed to follow concussion protocol with Matt Moore

  1. The league talks a big game during the regular season but all bets are off when it comes to the protocol during the playoffs. I’m shocked.

  2. At least two first round draft picks! If the weather can deflate a football leading to a million dollar fine and the loss of two major draft picks a proven failure to follow the concussion protocol must be far more serious. This silliness has to stop and that means firing Goodell.

  3. The league doesn’t care about player safety. They just want to put on the appearance of caring to help protect them from any future litigation.

  4. This had to be the easiest investigation the NFL has done, yet it still took nearly a month.

    This was glaringly obvious. The dude took a shot from a LB running full speed. The shot was a helmet to the jaw, snapping his head back into the ground…which clearly laid him out. He stayed on the ground, some of it motionless for minutes.

    He went to the sideline and wasn’t taken to the locker room for a check like we have seen repeatedly. Came back in one play later… far too soon to be properly checked, concussion or not.

    Their vaunted process failed once again. Cam Newton wasn’t checked out after a similar hit and situation earlier in the season.

  5. Goodell panicked when the concussion lawsuits were first filed and let the lawyers make all sorts of crazy rules targeting defenders. Now, the NFL is just ignoring the whole mess by letting teams get away with ignoring the concussion protocol. Doctors aren’t morons or incompetent. This was a deliberate attempt to ignore the rules for an important player on the team.

    I’m not a Patriots fan, but if Goodell was serious about concussions and player safety, then the league MUST dock a draft pick to show they’re serious. No warnings or pretty pleases or slaps on the wrist such as “fines”. Please. Teams are practically printing money they make so much.

  6. >.thefatlazygamer says:
    Jan 25, 2017 4:47 PM
    This had to be the easiest investigation the NFL has done, yet it still took nearly a month.

    This was glaringly obvious. The dude took a shot from a LB running full speed. The shot was a helmet to the jaw, snapping his head back into the ground…which clearly laid him out. He stayed on the ground, some of it motionless for minutes.

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    I’m amazed that his jaw wasn’t broken.
    That was a hell of a hit he took.
    I was also amazed when he went back out, how could he not have been concussed from that?

  7. The biggest problem with the whole protocol is that teams are essentially being punished when they follow it. They have to take a player out, usually the QB.
    A ref needs to be able to call a timeout and let the medical staff do their job. Yes, it is another delay, but it better for the product to slow the game than to force a team to put in a cold backup right away. Players would also be more willing to self report if you took away some of the negative consequences.
    You are asking for the teams and players to do the right thing, but you are hurting them in the process. That doesn’t work in life, so why would you expect it to work on the field.

  8. man….that’s serious. They should punish the Dolphins by making the Browns front office draft for them.

  9. I know some on here take concussion issues as serious as an outbreak of ebola in central park, and some on here think that it’s just further evidence of the wussification of America. Either, way you feel, it’s a rule and as Roger Dodger has said many times, ‘We must uphold the Shield.’ Any IDIOT could’ve seen the need for a more in depth investigation of Moore’s symptoms. To me, that was willful disobedience that resulted in a competitive advantage (Moore, even concussed was a better option and the coaching staff knows this). Since the patriots lost a 1st round pick and millions of dollars for having a camera in the wrong spot…I would say this is worse.

  10. “There is no indication that competitive issues had an impact on the care that Mr. Moore received, nor did Mr. Moore demonstrate any concussion symptoms either during or at any time following the game,” the statement explained.

    okay – if that is the case why does “bleeding to the mouth” matter?

  11. superpatsfan4 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 5:03 PM

    Since the patriots lost a 1st round pick and millions of dollars for having a camera in the wrong spot…I would say this is worse.
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    Really. Blatant taping of an opponents practice for which the pats were previously warned about, and a guy who passed the concussion protocol but had a cut lip is worse. Put the kool-aid cup down now.

  12. Dolphins
    “There is no indication that competitive issues had an impact on the care that Mr. Moore received, nor did Mr. Moore demonstrate any concussion symptoms either during or at any time following the game,” the statement explained.
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    So essentially, he was fine as far as a concussion was concerned. A lot of bluster over a cut lip.
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    Regardless, it seems like a fairly light punishment for a bright-line violation of a policy that the league views as having critical importance to player health and safety.
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    That’s your (biased) opinion. Especially if it was not noticed by either the staff physicians or the independent physician who looked at him.

  13. So the Dolphins are in more trouble than the Steelers for this? Oh I forgot, we’re bullies. Justice has been served.

  14. Seems the loss of a draft pick would make more sense . Pretty much what the SEAHAGS just did .playing a player while he was injured. Pretending he wasn’t .

  15. VenerableAxiom says:
    Jan 25, 2017 5:16 PM

    Really. Blatant taping of an opponents practice for which the pats were previously warned about, and a guy who passed the concussion protocol but had a cut lip is worse. Put the kool-aid cup down now.
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    They were taping during a game, bozo.

    And yes, player safety is more important than taping signals, which is legal.

  16. The Steelers were punished for their transgression — 15 yards PLUS a $24,000+ fine for Dupree. This has nothing to do with the Dolphins being bullies — just with them ignoring a player safety protocol.

  17. Looks to me like the Dolphins have been added to the same “favorites” club as the Jets, Giants, Ravens, Colts, Falcons….

    Watching what happens with the Steelers (AB video) and the Seahawks (Sherman injury report). My guess is the Steelers will join the “favorites” club (no meaningful discipline) and the Seahawks will get hosed, joining the Patriots, Saints, et al.

  18. I’m not a Patriots fan either, but it does seem odd they are penalized a draft pick for deflating footballs. To me, not following protocol in the cases of both the Dolphins and Seahawks seems just as serious or worse.

  19. So no penalty called on Pittsburgh for the hit, yet the Dolphins get in ‘trouble’.
    This seems to be setting up a tactic. Take a 15 yard Personal Foul penalty to take out the QB or WR. Changes the game to the advantage of the other team. Somehow, both teams need to be burdened to avoid this tactic; i.e., if personal foul causes a concussion protocol, then the player called sits out too.

  20. revren10 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 5:47 PM
    The Dolphins have been cheating since Shula and they still can’t win.
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    10-6 and made the playoffs. That’s a winning record.

  21. That was one vicious hit he took. I’m sure that he didn’t even know where he was right after. He only took one play off, and the team is just now hearing from the league about it? Moore’s day should have been over right then and there. How about suspensions without pay for the people who let him go back in? Fines don’t work. Maybe they need to start taking away draft picks for this too.

  22. bradygirl12 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 6:08 PM
    That was one vicious hit he took. I’m sure that he didn’t even know where he was right after. He only took one play off, and the team is just now hearing from the league about it? Moore’s day should have been over right then and there. How about suspensions without pay for the people who let him go back in? Fines don’t work. Maybe they need to start taking away draft picks for this too.
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    The physician who said he was good was independent from the team and it’s physician.

  23. Man the dolphins def got caught cheating. They really need to be punished. Not a good luck for a franchise with a bad past for infractions

  24. “it does seem odd they are penalized a draft pick for deflating footballs.”

    It would have been odd to be penalized two draft picks, including a first, for deflating footballs. What’s incredible is that they were penalized for not deflating footballs…

  25. There are a lot of ignorant people here who have no knowledge of the indecent. The fins were not punished because they didn’t determine if Moore was concussed or not. It was determined by an independent physician who works for the NFL. Not that any of you would be aware or for that matter, even care if you look stupid.

  26. “The team doctor and the unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant did not recognize that Moore had a documented symptom (bleeding from the mouth) that required further evaluation in the locker room.”

    This was the classic straw-man test for the concussion protocol: A QB in a playoff situation.
    And the team/league failed spectacularly.

    I didn’t really *want* to see Moore pulled, but under the circumstances, they really had to. I’m not sure what they need to do or who should be punished or whatever, but *something* has to happen from here.

  27. Bleeding from the mouth is hardly a clear indication of a concussion. Bleeding from the ears–sure. They can’t honestly remove a player from the game and take them to the locker room if they bite their tongue or have a busted lip.

  28. Man the dolphins def got caught cheating. They really need to be punished. Not a good luck for a franchise with a bad past for infractions

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    He came in a threw three INT’s… I think our penalty was the playoff loss.

  29. VenerableAxiom says:
    Jan 25, 2017 6:04 PM

    revren10 says:
    Jan 25, 2017 5:47 PM
    The Dolphins have been cheating since Shula and they still can’t win.
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    10-6 and made the playoffs. That’s a winning record.

    and bounced in the first round way to go, how many super bowls have they won in oh say the past 25 years

  30. The fins were not punished because they didn’t determine if Moore was concussed or not. It was determined by an independent physician who works for the NFL. Not that any of you would be aware or for that matter, even care if you look stupid.

    You might want to read the story again. Why would the Dolphins be warned about something an NFL employee did?

  31. VenerableAxiom says:
    Jan 25, 2017 7:38 PM
    There are a lot of ignorant people here who have no knowledge of the indecent.
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    That is an instant classic.
    You are correct, we can safely say most all of us have no knowledge of anyone having been indecent while this was going on. Do tell, who was indecent? It seems like a strange way to check for a concussion.

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