Jets DE Leonard Williams didn't want his night to end last week against the Saints, but understood why it had to when he went into concussion protocol.
Williams and fellow Jet Demario Davis hit each other in the third quarter of the contest, and Williams intially didn't feel anything was wrong. However, when team doctors checked him on the sideline, he was told he had to sit out the rest of the game.
"At the end of the day, if missing one half of the game (is good) for my long-term health, it's worth it," Williams told NJ.com's Connor Hughes.
"From a doctor's standpoint, they're going to have to do everything right to make sure that there's nothing wrong. If that's going to prevent me from having any type of brain or head injuries, then that's what they gotta do."
The Jets did the right thing in keeping Williams out as the NFL's concussion protocol has been botched recently. The Seahawks have just been fined $100,000 after QB Russell Wilson went back into the game following a big hit. He was only checked out for a few seconds before he rushed out of the medical tent, and back onto the field.
The Texans also looked to fail protocol after their QB Tom Savage took a ferocious hit, spit up blood on the field, and looked to be shaking. However, he returned to the game as well, but was later replaced by T.J. Yates.
Williams didn't have any of those symptoms, but performing the protocol was the right thing to do and he agrees.
"When it first happened to me, and I got pulled out of the game, I was a little upset because I didn't feel like anything was wrong," Williams said. "Afterwards I talked to people, talked to doctors, and I understand. I was like, 'OK, that makes sense.'
"I wasn't really thinking long term at the time. I was just thinking about the moment, getting back on the field with my guys. But in reality, I want to play this game for as long as possible, and I want to be good after I'm done playing, you know? So they definitely did the right thing."
Williams has since cleared protocol (as expected), and is set to play against the Chargers on Sunday.