The whole issue of whether the Pryor situation was handled correctly was overblown because the league can’t possibly be ahead of the medical profession when it comes to the issue of brain injuries of any type.
Yes, Pryor played two plays after taking a blow to the head. Then he apparently felt worse afterward. From personal family experience, this isn’t unusual.
About a year go, my son was removing his helmet after a baserunning drill just in time to get nailed in the head with an errant infield throw from the shortstop. Coaches came over, as did the trainer. Questions were asked. They looked in his eyes. He knew where he was and what he was doing. Wanted to get back to practice.
He took his last round of batting practice. Then on the way to the gym, he began to feel nausea. My wife took him to get checked out, and was told to keep an eye on him but that he seemed fine. He later threw up, so it was a trip to the emergency room, a CT scan, etc. , etc.
This was several hours after the trauma.
He’s fine, and was much luckier than a teammate who had a similar incident but had a much rougher road to recovery.
I remember talking to former Raiders special teamer Ricky Brown, who was diagnosed with a concussion after a game that he finished. Said he felt fine. Finished the game, went home, was watching a movie with his wife then had an overwhelming feeling of sickness and dizziness.
The concussion wasn’t diagnosed until hours later.
So before assuming medical staffs automatically send players back on the field without proper diagnosis, consider that the diagnosis is very tricky.