The NFL Player’s Association is investing how the Oakland Raiders handled Terrelle Pryor’s concussion that he suffered against the Denver Broncos on Monday, according to FOX Sports.
Pryor suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ 37-21 loss to the Broncos on Monday night. It was a helmet-to-helmet hit put on him by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a second-and-goal play. Woodyard was able to rush straight at Pryor on a designed quarterback run, and levied a huge hit that stunned the Raiders’ quarterback. Pryor laid facedown on the ground for a bit before getting back up and pacing around the field during a stoppage in play.
Pryor stayed in the game and finished the drive, but left for the locker room afterwards, where he was formally diagnosed with a concussion by team doctors.
The NFL has a strict protocol regarding players’ concussions on the football field, and part of that protocol involves a “mandatory” examination when a player is “slow to get up following a hit to the head.” If the player is believed to have suffered a concussion as a result of a big hit, the team is expected to remove him from the game immediately.
The Raiders did neither of those things, letting Pryor play two more downs and took him off the field when the series was over before sending him to the locker room.
So now the NFLPA and Pryor’s camp are questioning the Raiders, wondering why immediate action wasn’t taken. In fact, Pryor tweeted afterwards that he “didn’t remember much from the game.”
“Football’s a tough sport,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, “and there’s going to be collisions and you try to do everything you can to make sure that you’re taking into account player safety, and I think our medical people followed the protocol that’s set forth by the NFL.”