After Robert Griffin III left last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Washington Redskins announced to media in the press box that the rookie quarterback was “shaken up” and questionable to return.
That could significantly cost the team, according to a report by FOX Sports. Jay Glazer reported the Redskins are facing a “hefty” fine.
“NFL want teams to immediately acknowledge a head injury to prevent concussed players from getting pushed back on field,” Glazer wrote on Twitter.
A team spokesman said Sunday the Redskins had not been notified of any fine.
“I heard that ‘shaken up’ got everyone upset, but I understand,” coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday. “We’ll try to go with the correct language from now on and keep you informed. But I thought we did things the right way relative to how we treated Robert. So whatever’s the correct way to make sure that you guys get the up-to-date information, we’ll obviously do that.”
Griffin left last week’s game after absorbing a blow to the head by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. He was tested for a concussion on the sideline and inside a small auxiliary room located behind the Redskins’ bench at the base of the seating bowl.
When Griffin failed a memory test, he was escorted from the bench area to the locker room by trainers.
According to the NFL’s return-to-play protocol for those who have suffered a concussion, Griffin was not allowed to return to the game after he failed a memory test.
However, approximately five minutes after Griffin disappeared into the tunnel, the team’s public relations staff announced to media Griffin was “shaken up” and his return was questionable.
The team spokesman who made the announcement said he only relayed the information he was told by the team’s medical staff on the sideline.
Shanahan acknowledged in his postgame news conference that Griffin suffered a “mild” concussion. He then updated reporters throughout the week on the quarterback’s status in regard to tests and the league’s protocol.