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Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Says Team Didn’t Knowingly Do Any Wrong in Concussion Saga

In his first comments on the topic since the NFL ruled Thursday that the Seahawks violated the league’s concussion protocol in handling an injury to Russell Wilson on Nov. 9 at Arizona, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team did not knowingly do anything wrong, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

But Carroll also noted that the league said in its statement it is making an immediate change to the protocol in how teams are notified of players who may be concussed. The Seahawks said in their statement Thursday that confusion about why Wilson was being sent off the field led to any mistakes in how the concussion protocol was handled.

“We accepted (the ruling),” Carroll said. “I think something positive came out of it because there have been some changes that have been created to help with what caused the issue last time. We never had any intention of trying to avoid that at all; it’s just the way that things came down. I see why the league did what they did; the best thing about this is that it shouldn’t happen like that again, and we made some changes to help us. In the long-run, it’s a good thing.”

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