BALTIMORE – Late in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was sacked by Timmy Jernigan, appearing in the process to slam his head against the turf at M&T Bank Stadium as he was pulled down. Keenum remained in the game for two plays after Jernigan’s sack, which occurred with 1:10 to play.
That second play was a Keenum fumble that gave Baltimore possession with 0:54 to play and ultimately led to a 47-yard game winner from Justin Tucker that gave the Ravens a 16-13 victory.
About 30 minutes after Sunday’s game, a team public relations representative, who had originally said that Keenum was to be available shortly in the media interview room, said the quarterback had been diagnosed with a concussion and would be unavailable.
According to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, the Rams and the ATC spotters didn’t remove Keenum from the game, which they have the power to do.
“It’s possible that [the] ATC spotter wasn’t paying attention. It’s more possible that the ATC spotter was reluctant to yank Keenum off the field during crunch time,” Florio wrote in ‘Pro Football Talk.’
“Regardless, the ATC spotter failed to protect a player who needed to be protected from himself. Keenum was never going to tap out voluntarily. In moments like that, the ATC spotter is there for one purpose: To tap out the player involuntarily.”
During his postgame comments, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he had considered removing Keenum, who was 12 for 26 for 132 yards—not because of injury—but because of poor performance.
“No, I did not,” he said quietly.
Fisher went to Keenum after Nick Foles had a horrible game against Chicago, and before he learned of the injury, said he would play him against Cincinnati next Sunday.
“I’m going to give Case a good week of practice. I expect him to do better than he did today. You can see if he’s mobile, if he can move around, if he can do things,” Fisher said.
Keenum, who lost two fumbles, was defended by wide receiver Tavon Austin. Austin, who went to Baltimore’s Dunbar H.S., less than three miles away from M&T Bank Stadium, wasn’t upset with Keenum.
“Case is going to be Case. He did what he could do,” Austin said.