• Cierra Bynum

Texans QB suffers concussion, possible seizure after brutal hit

On Dec. 10, 2017, Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was hit brutally after delivering a pass in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. The hit left him lying on the ground with his hands shaking; concussion experts believe this was a seizure. The 49ers went on to win the game 26-16.

After Savage was hit by 49ers outside linebacker Elvis Dumer, he couldn’t get up and even had problems rolling onto his side as hands were left trembling. Savage was evaluated by the doctors, who said he was okay to continue playing, but after Savage threw two incompletions on the ensuing drive, he was taken out of the game, according to USA Today.

Savage's return to the game made fans around the world criticize the doctors' decision to let him continue playing. Those critics included concussion expert Chris Nowinski, the CEO and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Nowinski tweeted, “Disgusted that the @HoustonTexans allowed Tom Savage to return to the game after 2 plays after showing these horrifying #concussion signs (is that a seizure?) after a head impact. I would not let my worst enemy go through the 2017 #NFL sideline concussion protocol…”

Texans coach Bill O’Brian said during his post-game conference, “Obviously the spotter wanted him evaluated. We evaluated him. At that time, made the determination — not me, obviously, the evaluators made the determination to put him back in the game. Then he went back in the game, he came out and they evaluated him a little bit more, just because of what they saw. And that's where it's at. That's kind of where it's at. That's all really I know about it."

In week 17, Savage was cleared to play against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 3, 2017, but he was diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out for the game.