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Anfernee Simons Falls to Concussion in Blazers-Jazz Game

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Portland’s back-up guard falls hard, injures back of head.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons left tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz in the first quarter with a concussion. Simons was undercut on a jump shot, falling on his back and slamming his head hard against the court.

The Blazers were already short-handed before the injury. A subsequent ejection of Trevor Ariza left them with only seven players capable of taking the court.

A concussed player cannot return to the floor until the following conditions have been met:

A player in the concussion protocol program can’t return to the floor until the following conditions have been met:

  • He is without concussion-related symptoms at rest.
  • He has been evaluated by a physician.
  • He has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion protocol.
  • A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with the Director of the NBA concussion program