Seahawks fined $100k for not properly following concussion protocol

The NFL and NFLPA have jointly reviewed the application of the Concussion Protocol to Russell Wilson.  The results of the joint review determined there was a failure in the application of the protocol following the tackle of Mr. Wilson during the Seahawks-Cardinals game on November 9.

As a result, Seattle has been fined $100,000 and the coaching and medical staffs will be required to attend remedial training regarding the protocol.

The results of the joint review determined that the protocol was triggered when Mr. Wilson was directed to the sideline for an evaluation after the referee, Walt Anderson, concluded that a medical examination was warranted.  Nonetheless, the required evaluation was not conducted and Mr. Wilson was permitted to return to the game without an evaluation.  Once it is determined that a medical examination is warranted, a player may only be cleared to return by the medical staff; Mr. Wilson’s return to the field without a sideline concussion evaluation was therefore in violation of the Concussion Protocol.  Subsequently the team medical staff did examine the player and clear him per the protocol.

As determined by the NFL and NFLPA, an immediate update will be made to the protocol instructing officials, teammates, and coaching staff to take players directly to a member of the medical team for a concussion assessment. The NFL and the NFLPA will continue to look at potential modifications to the protocols in an effort to keep players safe.

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Michael Bennett kneels during national anthem; Justin Britt gives support

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett knelt during the national anthem for the second time this preseason Friday night in Seattle. This time Bennett had some support. Seahawks C Justin Britt stood during the anthem, but put his hand on Bennett’s shoulder.

The scene was similar to what we saw in Philadelphia on Thursday night with the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long. Jenkins stood with his fist held high, and Long put a hand on his back as a show of support.

Hall of Famer Kenny Easley: ‘The carnage affecting young black men today, from random violence to police shootings, across the nation has to stop’

Hall of Famer Kenny Easley was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Canton, OH. Easley hit hard and played hard throughout his 7-year NFL career.

During his Hall of Fame speech, Easley took the time to talk about police brutality in America. A topic that many believe is keeping free agent QB Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL.

Here is what Easley had to say:

“As such, please allow me this moment for a very serious message for which I feel very strongly about. Black Lives do matter. And yes, all lives matter, too. But the carnage affecting young black men today, from random violence to police shootings, across the nation has to stop. We’ve got to stand up as a country, as black Americans, and fight the good fight, to protect our constitutional right to keep people from dying while driving or walking down the streets for being black in America. It has to stop and we can do it. And the lessons we learn in sports can help.”

Former NFL RB Ahman Green charged with felony child abuse

Former NFL RB Ahman Green, who played 12 seasons in the league for the Packers, Seahawks, and Texans, was arrested on Sunday in Wisconsin on suspicion of child abuse.

Today, Green was charged with felony child abuse and disorderly conduct. 

According to FOX 11:

A neighbor called police when Green’s daughter showed up at her house saying she had been abused. The girl told sheriff’s deputies her father wanted her to do the dishes to earn allowance money, but she did not want to do the work. She said the Green physically pulled her into the kitchen, ripping her shirt, and punched her in the face. When interviewed by deputies, Green admitted pulling his daughter into the kitchen and hitting her in the face with an open hand.

Green’s daughter reportedly had a black eye after the incident.

The 40-year-old Green was jailed and released today after posting bond.

 

 

 

 

QB Austin Davis signs with Seahawks; Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned

Colin Kaepernick will miss out on another QB job. After a few weeks of speculation, the Seattle Seahawks went in a different direction, and signed QB Austin Davis. 

The 28-year-old Davis started 10 games, for the Rams and Browns during his career.

So, to recap, Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Nick Foles, Josh McCown, Landry Jones, Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Josh Johnson, EJ Manuel, Kellen Moore, Aaron Murray, Chase Daniel, Case Keenum, David Fales, T.J. Yates, Matt McGloin, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Fitzpatrick have been signed during this offseason.

All these quarterbacks are better than Kaepernick?

Yeah, okay…

Twitter reaction to the death of Cortez Kennedy

Sad day in the NFL. Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy died today in Orlando. He was 48. Many NFL greats showed a lot love to Kennedy today on Twitter.

Here is a sampling:

https://twitter.com/EmmittSmith22/status/867114109678080007

NFL great Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Hall of Famer and former NFL great Cortez Kennedy was found dead today in Orlando. According to Orlando PD, “there is nothing suspicious to report.”

Kennedy, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, played 11 seasons in the NFL; all with the Seahawks.

The investigation into Kennedy’s death is ongoing.

 

Lynch to Raiders!

It’s official! Marshawn Lynch has ended his retirement, and was traded by the Seahawks to the Raiders.  According to Jordan Schultz, the five-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year, 9 million dollar deal with Oakland. The Raiders gave Seattle a fifth-round pick in 2018. Oakland will receive Lynch, and a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Lynch made the announcement via Twitter:

 

Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders?

According to NFL Network’s Mike Silver, RB Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms. However, they’re reports that the deal is not done.

We’ll see how this plays out.