Breaking down the NFL's concussion protocol

Shannon Shepherd

Following Sunday's 16-10 loss to New England, Bills quarterback Josh Allen was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

A hit on the Bills second-year signal caller by Jonathan Jones took Allen out of the game with the Bills driving in the 4th quarter.

The penalty drew the ire of Bills fans after it was offset for offensive holding on Dion Dawkins.

Despite the brutal hit, Allen left the field on his power and jogged to the locker room for the remainder of the game.

What's next for Allen? And what does the NFL's concussion protocol entail?

It is a waiting game as he works through the steps of the policy implemented in 2011.


During Monday's meeting with the media, Sean McDermott said that Allen remains in the concussion protocol. He will have to follow the steps above to return to full participation in practice.

Tuesday, the Bills had the day off and they return to practice on Wednesday in Orchard Park. 

Allen was replaced by Matt Barkley on Sunday, who finished 9/16 passing with 127 yards and an interception in only one quarter of work. If Allen is not able to go, Barkley would take over under center and it is likely the Bills would promote Davis Webb from the practice squad.

So far this season, Allen has thrown for 903 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Three of those turnovers came against New England on Sunday.

This week the Bills travel to Tennessee to take on the 2-2 Titans. 

Tennessee ranks 14th overall in defense, allowing 337 yards per game. 

If Allen does miss the week 5 contest, the Bills bye week follows, allowing him another week to recover.