The Houston Texans were criticized on Sunday, Dec. 10, after apparently allowing quarterback Tom Savage to head back onto the field after he suffered a devastating hit on the field, which left him shaking. The NFL will now investigate what happened.
Some claimed that Savage suffered a “seizure” after the hit.
In response to the criticism, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that he didn’t see Savage get hit, but if he had, he “would have never put [him] back in the game.”
Savage was on the receiving end of a hit from San Francisco 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil on Sunday. As he was lying on the ground, his hands started shaking involuntarily, but he was allowed back into the game for a series after he was evaluated for a concussion.
“It wasn’t anything that I particularly saw on the field, I just said, look, that was a quick check,” O’Brien said Monday, according to ESPN. “It was a three-and-out on that series. Let’s continue to check him to make sure that the player, Tom Savage, is OK. They went, they checked him, they came to me, they were not satisfied with his answers to the questions that they were asking him, and they pulled him from the game.”
The NFL and the NFL Players Association will now investigate the handling of his concussion.
“That work started yesterday afternoon and continued into this morning but I think we’ll withhold further comments until we’ve had a chance to conduct the review and again expediential with the NFL,” NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart, NFL.com reported. “I say that we believe very strongly that the protocol is an important part of our overall effort on protecting our players health and safety. But we do understand that it is our obligation to look at where the protocol may not have been followed, and just as importantly to see where the protocol can be improved. That’s an ongoing effort.”
Savage defended his coach on Monday.
“I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, I’m doing fine. Even though I cannot speak to media due to the protocol I will say this, nobody cares more about his players than OB,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Texans lost 26-16.
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