The NFL has found that the Ravens’ medical staff followed proper procedures during Sunday’s game, after quarterback Matt Schaub struck his head hard against the turf.
“The Ravens medical staff handled it properly,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, via an email sent Monday to CSN Mid-Atlantic.
It remained to be seen if a further explanation from the league would be forthcoming. However, questions were raised about exactly what transpired after Schaub clutched his helmet after taking the hit that caused him discomfort. An official helped Schaub rise to his feet, the Ravens called a timeout with 2:29 left in the half, and Schaub remained in the game.
After the game, when asked about the incident by CSN Mid-Atlantic, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Schaub was checked for a concussion by the team’s medical staff and passed their evaluations.
“Our trainer went out right away,” Harbaugh said. “He said he was fine, he was good, he was clear, whatever the test is they gave him. Then we put him through the concussion protocol anyway. He (Schaub) was just screaming he was fine. But our doctors grabbed him, put him through the protocol. He passed.”
At his post-game press conference, Schaub said, “I was fine. “Doctors looked at me, came over and did their necessary tests and everything. Everything checked out fine.”
In Week 11, the NFL investigated a situation involving Rams quarterback Case Keenum, who hit his head hard on the turf late in a game against the Ravens. Neither the NFL concussion spotter in the press box nor the officials stopped the game, although Keenum was obviously wobbly for a few seconds.
Kennum was diagnosed with a concussion afterward, but the Rams were not disciplined. However, the NFL is under more scrutiny than ever regarding how hits to the head are handled, and the situation involving Schaub on Sunday was another example.
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