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New Jersey Congressman Writes Letter To Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Asks Him To Investigate Michigan

Michigan's handling of the concussion suffered by quarterback Shane Morris on Saturday has piqued the interest of U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey who is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. Pascrell penned a letter to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany today, and wants the conference to investigate why the Wolverines allowed Morris to enter back into the game.

I strongly urge you to investigate the circumstances surrounding Shane Morris's injury and the decision to return him to play. Additionally, I ask that you reexamine the protocols in place and determine what changes can be made to improve them. I also urge you to establish penalties for violations of concussion protocols. Every concussion is brain damage and must be diagnosed and treated by appropriate medical personnel, who prioritize players' health, safety, and well-being.

You can read Pascrell's full letter here. The Congressman points out that the NCAA recently put in new concussion protocols after it settled a lawsuit with former players over the summer, and that Michigan may not have followed these procedures in regards to Morris. He also asks that the protocols be reexamined, and that there are punishments implemented should a team not follow them.

This can be a very interesting situation. There's no word on what would happen if the Big Ten and the NCAA decide to investigate and rule that Michigan did not follow the proper concussion protocols, but it could certainly impact the way that teams deal with players receiving concussions down the road.