NFL to review handling of Rams QB Case Keenum's concussion
The NFL will review why St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was not removed from Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens and tested for a possible concussion after seemingly being woozy on the field, reports Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
On the Rams' final drive of a 16–13 loss, Keenum was slammed to the ground on a hit and had the back of his head bounce off the turf. He was immediately seen holding the sides of his head and then failing to stand as a teammate attempted to pull him up.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles grabbed his helmet and started to warm up, but play was not stopped and Keenum stayed in the game.
The NFL will look into why Rams training staff did not examine Keenum before allowing him to keep playing, and why the newly implemented concussion spotter, who has the authority to stop the game if a player has a potential concussion, did not intervene.
"Promptly after the conclusion of yesterday’s game, we began a review to determine the facts of the injury to St. Louis quarterback Case Keenum and why he was not removed from the game for the necessary evaluation by a team physician or the unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant as required by our concussion protocols,” the NFL said in a statement. “We are continuing that review today, which includes discussions with the Rams and their medical staff, the ATC spotter, the game officials, our medical advisors and the NFLPA. In the meantime, prior to this week’s games, we will reinforce with all involved the need to ensure that these injuries are properly identified and addressed in a manner consistent with our protocols."
StLouisRams.com reported that Keenum was diagnosed with a concussion after the game.