Tom Savage Defends Bill O'Brien's Handling of Concussion Situation

Tom Savage Defends Bill O'Brien's Handling of Concussion Situation

On Monday, George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs at the NFLPA, tweeted, "we are initiating a full review of the Tom Savage concussion from yesterday's game". He said he assumed Savage got hit on the play, which was an incomplete pass, but didn't know for sure until later.

Savage threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston's team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline at the end of that possession. He was evaluated again after the following drive, not cleared and subsequently taken to the locker room.

The NFL's concussion protocol came under heavy criticism after it failed Savage on Sunday in Houston's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Savage was taken out of the game, but the Texans somehow allowed him to return for one series. "At that time, made the determination to put him back in the game. His arms were sticking straight out which is a sign of brain injury that should be on the list of why you can't go back in the game ever", Nowinski said. So, that's kind of where it's at.

"We evaluated him", said coach Bill O'Brien.

"That's in the medical people's hands", O'Brien said.

'They try to make the best decision for the player, ' O'Brien said.

"Whatever [the evaluators] see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren't satisfied with the results of the second test so they chose to pull him, and that's when he went into the locker room". Three minutes later, he went back into the field for the next series.

Suicides of longtime players, urgent medical warnings from health professionals and a pattern of cover-ups and willful ignorance about the issue have led some to call for the sport to be banned altogether. San Francisco was able to add a field goal as time ran out in the second half to make the halftime score 13-9.

"Obviously, getting into the game that's the guy (Hopkins) I am going to be looking for".

"At no point in my coaching career, 25 years of coaching - I've been at Brown University, I've been at Georgia Tech, I've been at Duke, I've been at University of Maryland, I've been the head coach at Penn State and the head coach here. I've worked with him before, so I have a good rapport with him", Yates said.

If this system can't identify a player having what looks like a seizure after a hit and get him out of danger, then it's a system that needs changing.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett was hit in the head on November 12 and slow to get up. Yates hasn't started a game since 2015, but he won both of his starts that season. Dr. Rishi Wadhwa is a neurosurgeon at UCSF, part of the medical team on the sidelines for National Football League games including the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers, I'm doing fine".

"I hope he gets better".

The Texans play at Jacksonville next Sunday.

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