Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL Players Association is questioning the Oakland Raiders if they followed league concussion protocol with quarterback Terrelle Pryor in Monday night’s 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Pryor suffered a concussion when hit by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard but stayed in the game for two more plays before leaving with medical staff for the locker room to be evaluated.
The union is just awaiting receipt of the official game report from the Raiders before deciding how to proceed.
After reviewing the game tape, the union has concerns about whether Pryor was checked for symptoms before the decision was made to allow him to continue after Woodyard’s hit.
The union also wants to know if Pryor went to the sideline and spoke with coach Dennis Allen before the next play, as the coach said happened.
After the game, Allen said Pryor showed no immediate symptoms even though he lay facedown on the field briefly after the hit. Allen stated his belief that the team followed the NFL’s strict procedures.
“Football’s a tough sport, 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,” Allen said.
Doctors with experience diagnosing and treating concussions have said that because of adrenaline, it is not uncommon for a player who has suffered a concussion to be unaware of the injury immediately.