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Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford receives full concussion protocol clearance

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford receives full concussion protocol clearance

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The Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford He landed in the concussion protocol after Wednesday’s Week Nine loss to the Buccaneers. He lost to the Cardinals in Week 10.

Now, as Week 11 approaches, Stafford has been cleared to play. the rams he made the announcement earlier this evening.

The development comes after coach Sean McVay discussed Stafford’s situation with reporters multiple times over the past nine days. On Friday, for example, McVay said (before Stafford was cleared) “Matthew is going to go with the doctors after today’s practice and try to get through where you clear it completely. [We] don’t expect any setbacks in this respect.’

On Tuesday, McVay said Stafford is “[s]until we start working on those kinds of things and so hopefully this evening some of those things will be a little bit clearer, whether that means there is. [the protocol] or whether he will continue there or not, but at the moment I don’t have that information.’

McVay also spoke on the record about Stafford’s condition after Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, and Friday before the game.

“It could go up to 90 minutes before kick-off [against the Cardinals] because when you have a guy who’s a veteran player like him, you’re not going to risk it at all,” McVay said last Friday. “We will not skip a step. I don’t want this to be misunderstood, but I think it would be foolish to rule him out when you’re talking about our quarterback when we can’t risk a guy who means so much to us. him That’s what we’re in.”

Why do we mention this? Presumably because the coaches shouldn’t say anything about the players in the protocol.

That was the message sent by the league in November 2016. A statement from NFL general manager of football operations Troy Vincent instructed teams to “not to make public comments Speculating about a player’s condition or when he can return to practice once in the concussion protocol.”

The statement also told teams that, in response to questions about players in the protocol, teams should only say that “the player is in the concussion protocol under the supervision of the medical team, and the club will monitor his condition.”

We have recently asked the League on three occasions for guidance as to whether this is still the rule. The league has not responded to any of those requests.

The league apparently didn’t tell McVay to stop talking about Stafford’s condition.

This is a rare situation, and the League refuses to provide any clarification to the media, and the fans, for whatever reason. The mandate not to talk about protocol players has been lifted? Or, like so many other rules in the NFL, is it something that is only selectively enforced, or not at all?





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