ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the St. Louis Rams will not be penalized for violating concussion protocols last week, after quarterback Case Keenum stayed on the field for two plays after being driven into the ground hard, and showing visible effects of a concussion.

The league had begun an investigation after the game to see if all protocol had been used effectively in this case, and in a statement from Tuesday, had stated that their review ” includes discussions with the Rams and their medical staff, the ATC spotter, the game officials, our medical advisors and the NFLPA.”

With 1 minute, 10 seconds left in Sunday’s game, Baltimore linebacker Elvis Dumervil jumped offside. The play was not blown dead, and Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan eventually broke through and tackled Keenum, who landed hard as the back of his head bounced off the ground. As the officials sorted out the penalty, Rams head athletic trainer Reggie Scott came on the field to talk to Keenum while Foles warmed up on the sideline. But Keenum stayed in the game for the next two downs, including a third-down fumble that led to Baltimore’s game-winning field goal.

There are spotters in the press box at every game whose sole job is to look for players who may have suffered a concussion during the course of play, and this year, for the first time, the spotters were given the ability to signal down to the officials to stop the game if a potentially injured player should be checked out.

That did not happen in Keenum’s case.

While the Rams may have acted the right way and followed protocol, the spotters and league medical advisors actions are independent of the team’s medical staff, and have as much onus in responding to these situations as the Rams themselves. So while the Rams may be cleared, the league will probably still be investigating to determine why these spotters and advisors did not get more hands on and proactive in this situation.

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