Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor says it was out of his hands when officials removed him from the field after he took a hit in Thursday's game against the New York Jets.
Taylor was sacked in the third quarter of New York's 37–31 victory by Jets linebacker Darron Lee and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson. Referee Ed Hochuli immediately went over to Taylor and made him leave the field of play.
"[They said it was] just protocol. They thought I got hit. They said they thought I was a little woozy on the ground," Taylor said. "You never want to come out in the middle of a series. Especially in a close game, a good game. But it's protocol, so you have to deal with it."
Taylor missed two plays. When he re-entered the game on the first play of the fourth quarter, he was picked off by Jets cornerback Marcus Williams.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he understood why Taylor was removed from the game.
"This league should be about protecting the players, and Hochuli explained that to me, and I certainly understand," Ryan said.
The NFL's concussion protocol has been under fire since the season-opening game between Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, when Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was clearly hit in the helmet by Broncos safety Darian Stewart and but stayed in the game.
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