Midway through the second quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree laid a monster hit on Miami quarterback Matt Moore. Somehow, Moore only missed one play.
At first glance, it looked certain that Moore would miss the rest of the game. The hit was not only massive – it was also helmet-to-helmet, straight into Moore’s jaw. Moore took minutes just to return to his feet.
Here’s the hit, which was called for a penalty:
Dolphins backup TJ Yates entered the game on the next play, but then Moore was back in the game. CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said that the Dolphins doctors determined Moore hadn’t lost consciousness on the hit, and that although the point of impact was his jaw (an area that frequently results in concussions), he had not suffered a concussion.
After Moore returned to the field, many on social media lambasted the NFL and its concussion policy, particularly the sideline spotters that are supposed to pull players from the game if they believe a concussion might have taken place.
Seems like Matt Moore needed more time to get to his feet than he did to be cleared of a concussion.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 8, 2017
The Steelers lead 20-6 at the end of the first half.