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NFL, union begin review of concussion protocol on Miami QB

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore sits on the field after being hit by Pittsburgh Steelers' Bud Dupree in the first half of an AFC wild-card NFL football game in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr / Associated Press)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore sits on the field after being hit by Pittsburgh Steelers' Bud Dupree in the first half of an AFC wild-card NFL football game in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr / Associated Press)
By Steven Wine Associated Press

MIAMI – The NFL has begun a review of the concussion protocol conducted on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore when he left his team’s playoff game at Pittsburgh after being shaken up.

Moore was hit in the chin as he threw a pass, and the play drew a roughing-the-passer penalty on Pittsburgh’s Bud Dupree. Dolphins medical staff attended to Moore on the field, and he was evaluated on the sideline by an independent neurological consultant and team physician before returning to the game.

Moore missed only one play in Miami’s 30-12 loss Sunday.

Under a procedure in the collective bargaining agreement, the league, in consultation with the NFL Players Association, will review documents and video and interview the parties involved to determine whether the protocol was followed properly. The review doesn’t mean the NFL has drawn conclusions as to whether the protocol was followed, the league said in a statement.

The Dolphins declined comment Monday on the review but said Sunday that Moore was cleared by the neurological consultant and team physician to return to the game.

Moore said he wasn’t seriously hurt.

“I just got popped,” Moore said after the game. “I just needed a second there. I got checked out. I felt fine. It was more of my jaw than anything else. I felt good. I came back in and I was fine.”

After returning to the game, Moore lost two fumbles and threw an interception. Coach Adam Gase didn’t attribute the turnovers to any lingering health issues for Moore.

“When they told me he was coming back in, I started talking to him, and he was good,” Gase said. “The league did their deal, and our trainers, and they cleared everything.”

Was Gase surprised Moore received clearance to return to the game so quickly?

“I didn’t see the actual hit,” Gase said. “When they come to me, I just play off of that. I didn’t really know what was the exact injury and how he got hit.”

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