Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen announced that tight ends Mychal Rivera and cornerback Michael Jenkins were in the concussion protocol, but had already made progress and passed a few of the tests. They have not been ruled out for this week’s upcoming game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The more notable of the two was the hit to Rivera. Rivera suffered the type of hit that scares the NFL. He was hit in the head by Titans safety Michael Griffin, which knocked his helmet off and had his unprotected head bounce off of the ground. This is the type of hit the NFL wants to eliminate from the game and works to scare people from allowing people from playing the game. The fact he is as far along as he is suggests the hit might have looked worse than it was. It remains unclear at this point if either will be able to go this week against the Cowboys, but the hope is not only that the hit on Rivera is eliminated, but that the treatment is done correctly.