The St. Louis Rams blew a fourth quarter lead yesterday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, surrendering 13 unanswered points and allowing a game-winning Justin Tucker field goal thanks to a Case Keenum fumble with one minute to play.
But the question here: why was Keenum even still in the game at that point??
Keenum was making his 11th career NFL start––first of the 2015 season––in place of the struggling Nick Foles. He for 136 yards and a touchdown, with three fumbles (two lost), in the 16-13 loss.
With just over a minute to play in a 13-13 game, Keenum and the Rams were looking to set up a game-winning field goal. On a second and 10 play, Keenum dropped back to pass on an obvious free play (BAL’s Elvis Dumervil jumped off-sides), and ended up being slammed to the ground by Timmy Jernigan. Keenum hit his head on the turf, and was obviously shaken up. In fact, he had trouble getting back to his feet. As clearly evidenced by the above photo, Keenum held his head and appeared to be dazed after being helped up off the ground.
While the officials were discussing the penalty, Keenum had the opportunity to go over to the sidelines and the previously-benched Foles was shown on television grabbing his helmet and warming up…but then Keenum trotted back onto the field.
He then went on to fumble away the ball two plays later to set up an easy game-winner from one of the best placekickers in the league.
So not only did the Rams coaching staff and trainers––and the concussion ATC “spotters” at the stadium––fail to take the concussed Keenum out of the game, but it also ended up being all for nothing. Rams lost anyways, and will be investigated for its failure to put Keenum through the league-mandated concussion protocol:
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