According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, an NFL spokesperson said that the Ravens handled the concussion protocol properly with regards to quarterback Matt Schaub.
An NFL spokesman said the Ravens properly handled the concussion protocol with quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday. https://t.co/85EELCahJR— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 7, 2015
This is interesting given that the quarterback clearly took a nasty hit to the head, screamed, and grabbed at his head; all the signs of a consussion type hit. Let's review the hit again and quickly see what happened.
As mentioned by Dr Chao, the NFL has medical timeouts at it's disposal for this exact type of thing. Yet, he wouldn't miss a single snap of the game and the action never stopped outside what seemed like the normal time between plays. A referee did come over towards Schaub, where the pair would have a few words as seen below.
The Ravens could have taken Matt Schaub aside after the drive was over and given him the full barrage of testing necessary, but any additional time on the field opens up the possibly injured player to take more hits to the head and risk even further injury.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talked about how the team sent out it's trainers quickly and placed Schaub in the concussion protocol, where he quickly passed.
Our trainer went out right away. (Offensive Coordinator) Marc (Trestman) went right out and talked to him. And then we brought him back in and he said he was fine, and he was good, and he was clear. And whatever the test is they give him. Then we put him through the concussion protocol anyway. And he was just screaming that he was fine and that he had no issue. But our doctors grabbed him, put him through the protocol and he passed it.
Matt Schaub was also asked about the incident, where he reiterated a lot of what Harbaugh had said.
I just had to make some adjustments. Yes, I got hit and thrown to the ground so I had to adjust things a couple things, but I was fine.
Doctors looked at me and came over to do their necessary test. However, everything checked out fine.
With how touchy concussions have been for the NFL as of late, the league might have to do even more to quell these types of responses from fans and media. A true timeout should be called and the player in question should have to clearly undergo testing in an atmosphere without the temptation to put him back in again. The 34-year old quarterback would shortly go on to throw two interceptions, including yet another pick-six, possibly indicating that the hit affected him more than he let on.
The fact that after that type of hit, the Ravens never sent backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen onto the field for even a play will be the point of question for anyone looking to blame the league for their seemingly lax attitude towards brain injuries. Regardless of what their investigations say, the league has a problem on it's hands and it won't get better unless they go above and beyond.