Richard Sherman
Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks walks on the sidelines. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman Calls NFL’s Concussion Protocol an ‘Absolute Joke’

The Seattle Seahawks cornerback said the policy is more for public relations.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman called the NFL’s concussion protocol an “absolute joke.” He also said that the policy is more for public relations than to actually protect the players.

“It’s for public opinion, for them to show the public that they care about the players, they care about player safety,” Sherman said in a Players Tribune video posted Thursday, according to Bleacher Report. “In a show of good faith and goodwill, they said we’re going to have an independent trauma expert, an independent neurologist, approve people, and the same things are happening that were happening before.” Sherman used an example of Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage being allowed to re-enter a game despite clearly being concussed during a game this season against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sherman said the league, not the team, should face criticism for the concussion policy. He said that he would not donate his brain to science after he dies. Back in November, the Seahawks were fined $100,000 for not following concussion protocol during a game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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