NFL fines Redskins for improperly reporting Griffin injury

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The Washington Redskins were fined $20,000 by the NFL for improper reporting of the injury to Robert Griffin III in the Oct.7 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Redskins were fined for not properly updating media on Griffin’s condition. The fine comes just a week after the NFL said they were looking into the case.

Griffin left the game against the Falcons in the third quarter after sustaining a hard hit.

In a statement on Friday, NFL said, “In reviewing the matter, the appropriate medical care for Griffin was never in question, The Redskins’ medical staff acted appropriately and with great care for Griffin’s well-being.”

The Redskins announced during the game that Griffin was  “shaken up” and his return was questionable.The team did not update fans, media or even their own Coach with further information until after the game when they released he had sustained a concussion.

Head athletic trainer Larry Hess said that the team medical staff confirmed Griffin’s concussion diagnosis with “2-3 minutes” left in the game. Because the game was still in progress, the team should of updated the televising network and news media that his return went from “questionable” to “out with concussion.”

Teams are required to accurate and timely information pertaining to player injuries during a game.

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