The NFL confirmed that it is conducting a “thorough review” of whether the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson followed the league’s concussion protocol during Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals, The Associated Press reported Friday afternoon.
Wilson took a solid pop to the chin from Karlos Dansby during Seattle’s 22-16 win at Arizona.
Referee Walt Anderson sent Wilson off the field for a concussion check, but Wilson spent just one play on the sideline before running back onto the field.
“I think Walt did a great job first of all. He made the smartest decision. I was fine, though, 100 percent fine. And then they finally went over through the whole concussion stuff and all that. We went through every question you could imagine, and I answered even some more for them just so they knew I was good, and then went back in there.”
Teams can be fined up to $150,000 for violating the concussion policy, while employees or medical team members can also be forced to attend remedial education.
He entered Thursday’s game needing nine completions to reach 4,000 for his career and 214 yards to pass Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon for eighth all time. After his completion to James, Roethlisberger had 97 yards in Thursday’s game on 9-of-17 passing.
The pass to Smith-Schuster came during an 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard pass to James on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Steelers a 30-17 lead.
Roethlisberger, who finished Thursday’s game 30 of 45 for 299 yards and four touchdowns, also moved past Philip Rivers for eighth place all-time in career completions with a 14-yard pass to running back Le’Veon Bell early in the third quarter.