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Jordan Pugh Diagnosed With Concussion After Second Fourth-Quarter Hit

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Mike Shanahan said Monday that proper medical procedures were followed in diagnosing a concussion for safety Jordan Pugh, who twice had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter of the Washington Redskins’ victory over Minnesota following a hard hit.

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Pugh was originally attended to on the field with approximately four minutes remaining when he and free safety Madieu Williams combined on a tackle of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. He returned to the game with roughly 2:30 remaining but was down again 90 seconds later after a tackle on Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins. At that point, Pugh was escorted off the field and did not return.

“[Pugh] comes on the sideline and [medical personnel] just told me Jordan’s out, and all of a sudden, he’s been cleared and he’s ready to go,” Shanahan said. “Then, at the end, they just told me that when he went down, he was dizzy, nauseous. He’s out.”

Pugh declined to speak about the injury Sunday, explaining the team had asked him not to talk because league policy forbids players experiencing concussion-like symptoms from speaking to reporters. He also was diagnosed with a concussion a year ago while playing for Carolina.

The concussion was the third sustained by a Redskins player in the last three weeks. Quarterback Robert Griffin III left Washington’s game against Atlanta on Oct. 7 with a concussion, and receiver Aldrick Robinson was diagnosed with a concussion after being knocked unconscious in a pregame collision with safety Brandon Meriweather at Tampa Bay on Sept. 30.

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