Tom Savage took a big hit Sunday against the 49ers.

The NFL’s concussion policies have often come under question, and the latest case in point involves Houston Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage. At home Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, Savage took a big hit in the end zone from the 49ers’ Elvis Dumervil in the second quarter, showed apparent nerve spasms that some interpreted as a seizure, underwent concussion evaluation inside the tent, returned to play for another drive, spat out blood, and then was later pulled for T.J. Yates. Here’s a clip Fox showed later in the broadcast of the sequence of events, with commentary from analyst Mark Schlereth:

And here’s where Savage was actually pulled for T.J. Yates, with play-by-play commentator Dick Stockton noting how Savage played after the concussion evaluation:

The handling of this sparked a lot of questioning of the NFL concussion protocol, especially given that clip of Savage on the ground.

Yahoo Sports’ Eric Adelson reached out to two neurology doctors, who said it may not have been a seizure, but Savage should still have been pulled:

Incidents like this should spark further looks at the NFL’s concussion protocol evaluation. No sideline concussion protocol is going to be perfect, but the NFL’s current one seems to err on the side of returning players to the game too frequently, creating problematic situations like what happened with Savage here. Sending him back into the game was a bad move, and one that’s going to raise further questions about how the NFL handles head trauma.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

2 thoughts on “NFL concussion protocol gets roasted after Tom Savage hits head, has possible seizure, returns to game

  1. As long as a concussed #1 quarterback is still a better playing choice than a healthy #2 — which is generally the case on most NFL teams — QBs and coaches will continue to try to skate through the concussion protocol.

    Winning is, as always, more important that the long-term health of the QB. For NFL teams, that will never change.

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