Quarterback Robert Griffin III is attended to after taking a hard hit against the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter at FedEx Field on Oct. 7. He left the game after the hit. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The NFL fined the Washington Redskins $20,000 for improperly reporting quarterback Robert Griffin III's concussion two weeks ago.
During Washington's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Oct. 7, Griffin suffered a concussion when Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon's shoulder connected with the former's head as he attempted to scramble out of bounds. Griffin left the game and did not return, but the Redskins "did not properly update for the televising network and news media," instead announcing him as "shaken up," according to a statement from the NFL.
"Head athletic trainer Larry Hess stated that the team medical staff confirmed a diagnosis of concussion with '2-3 minutes' left in the game," the statement said. "Since that diagnosis ruled Griffin out while the game was in still in progress, at that point the team should have updated Griffin's status for the televising network and news media from 'questionable' to 'out with a concussion,' especially since it involved a starting quarterback in a close game that could have gone into overtime."
Teams are required to provide "accurate and timely" injury information, according to the statement.
Griffin did not miss any further time with the injury, leading the Redskins to a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.
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