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Rex: Jets followed concussion protocol

Rex Ryan emphatically insisted the Jets followed the NFL's new concussion protocol before reinserting tight end Dustin Keller into the game on Sunday.

Keller suffered what the team called a head injury and his return was questionable. He returned in the second half after undergoing tests in the locker room performed by the team's medical staff.

Dustin Keller

Dustin Keller

#81 TE
New York Jets

2011 STATS

  • Rec29
  • Yds436
  • TD2
  • Avg15.0
  • Long37
  • YAC137

Ryan said he was comfortable with reinserting Keller because he'd passed the team's tests.

"We never would put Dustin in if he wasn't 100% cleared," Ryan said.

The NFL requires all players who suffer a concussion to be removed from the sideline and pass an array of tests before returning to the game.

Ryan added that Shonn Greene passed concussion exams after leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury. Ryan said Greene didn't return because the Jets had a big lead at the time.