T.J. Watt Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The National Football League and its Players’ Association will jointly review the protocol used for Pittsburgh Steelers EDGE T.J. Watt after he recently suffered a concussion.

Pro Football Talk reported the NFL and NFLPA’s plans to review the conduct used by the Steelers on Tuesday.

“The NFL isn’t providing answers. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin claims he doesn’t have them. The league and the union apparently will be getting them. According to the NFL, a joint review is underway regarding the T.J. Watt concussion,” PFT wrote. “The review will explore how and when Watt was evaluated and diagnosed.”

Watt took a blow to the head against the New England Patriots last Thursday night, which prompted this situation. As PFT wrote, “It prompted immediate attention, but not an immediate search for a concussion. It’s as if they were waiting for Watt to say, ‘I might have a concussion’ before acting accordingly.”

Last year, the Miami Dolphins received a ton of scrutiny for the way they handled quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The former Alabama standout suffered multiple concussions during the season, and Miami’s behavior came under fire. It prompted a league investigation just like this one.

Surprisingly, though, the investigation found no violations of the league’s concussion policy.

We’ll see if the same fate awaits the Steelers after this situation with Watt unfolded late last week.

[Pro Football Talk]

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