Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant entered the concussion protocol Monday after he was injured in Sunday’s 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Coach Jay Gruden said.
Grant left the game in the first quarter when he was hit by Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph on a five-yard reception. While he needed assistance from wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor Sr. to stand, trainers rushed onto the field to check on Grant.
As the drive continued, Grant went inside the medical tent to be evaluated for a possible concussion and was ruled questionable to return. The drive ended nine plays later when Nick Rose connected on a 28-yard field goal. As the drive concluded, the team announced in the press box that Grant had been cleared of a concussion and would later return. As the announcement was made, Grant walked into the tunnel toward the locker room as the training staff “elected to undergo further evaluation” of Grant for a possible concussion.
Grant was later diagnosed with a concussion and did not return. He finished with three catches for 25 yards.
When asked whether Grant was taken out of the game by one of the NFL’s concussion spotters, Gruden responded, “Not that I know of, no. Our training staff took care of that. Initially, Ryan felt okay and passed all the tests, and then he had some more symptoms. [Head trainer Larry Hess] noticed it, so it was good. They caught it, and he didn’t go back in the game.”
The Redskins now have two wide receivers in the concussion protocol. Brian Quick didn’t play Sunday, despite saying Friday he was cleared following a concussion suffered Nov. 5 against the Seattle Seahawks. Tight end Niles Paul is also in the concussion protocol and has missed the past two games.
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