NFL, NFLPA reviewing why Giants’ Sterling Shepard didn’t leave game after concussion, reports say

The NFL and NFLPA are reviewing concussion protocols after Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a concussion in Week 1 but remained in the game, according to multiple reports. 

ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources, that “there was a breach in the protocol and now both sides are trying to figure out how and why,” while NFL Network reported that both the independent medical team in the booth nor the team’s medical staff on the sideline saw the play that caused a concussion.

The protocol put into place is meant to prevent players from staying in the game after taking a hard hit that could cause a concussion, however, Shepard didn’t miss a play, finishing with six catches for 42 yards.

The receiver was injured midway through the third quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Cowboys after running into cornerback Anthony Brown. He was later placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol and was ruled out for Week 2’s game against the Bills. 

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