NFL investigates why Rams' Keenum not tested for concussion

Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:20pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - The National Football League said on Monday it was investigating why St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was not tested for a possible concussion despite new rules to show the league is taking concussions more seriously.

When he was tackled by Baltimore Ravens' 300-lb (136-kg) defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, Keenum immediately held his head before managing to get to his knees while game officials sorted out a penalty.

St. Louis's backup quarterback Nick Foles put his helmet on and began warming up, but a wobbly Keenum managed to stand up and stay in the game. Two plays later, Keenum fumbled a crucial late-game turnover that enabled the Ravens to win the game, 16-13.

Keenum, 27, was diagnosed with a concussion shortly after the game ended.

The NFL and more than 5,000 former players agreed to a settlement of concussion-related lawsuits in April that could cost the league $1 billion, if approved. The players claimed the league hid the risk of concussions.

The NFL said on Monday it began a review on Sunday why Keenum was not taken off the field for "the necessary evaluation" by a team doctor or the independent neuro-trauma physician as required by its concussion protocols.

"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," the league said.

"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."   Continued...

Nov 22, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) passes during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports