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Chiefs’ RB Spencer Ware failed second part of concussion protocol

Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Spencer Ware was forced to leave Sunday’s 30-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a concussion. It’s now being reported by Terez Paylor, Chiefs’ beat writer for The Kansas City Star, that Ware did not return to the contest because he failed the second part of the concussion protocol.

Ultimately head coach Andy Reid said after Sunday’s game that Ware had failed the protocol, so that part was not a surprise.

“Spencer Ware had a concussion and did not pass the NFL concussion protocol and did not come back,” Reid said during the postgame press conference.

The main update from Reid was that Ware failed the second part of the concussion protocol, which will now keep him out until he can pass all stages. The conversation was brought up because there has been a great deal of skepticism with the handling of quarterback Alex Smith. He also suffered a concussion in the game, but questionably returned before taking another shot to the head that eventually ended his day.

Although several people were questioning the handling of the veteran quarterback, Reid was adamant that all the stages were followed properly with Smith.

“They thought initially that the pressure on that slap on his ear had caused his equilibrium to be off just a bit,” Reid said. “He had passed the NFL concussion protocol with flying colors, without any problem at all. From there we put him back in.”

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