The Redskins have been fined $20,000 for improperly reporting Robert Griffin III’s injury to the media during Washington’s loss to the Falcons on Oct. 7.
After absorbing a shoulder to helmet hit in the third quarter and being removed from the game, the Redskins announced in the press box that Griffin had been “shaken up” and was questionable to return.
An investigation by the league revealed that the head athletic trainer Larry Hess the medical staff had confirmed with “2-3 minutes” remaining in the game that Griffin had sustained a concussion. At that point, according to the NFL, the Redskins should have updated Griffin’s status. League guidelines require teams to provide timely injury information during games.
“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,” the NFL said in a statement.
The Bills were also fined $20,000 for failing to note on the injury report that defensive end Mario Williams had been hampered by a wrist injury.