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Detroit Lions QB Tom Savage is in concussion protocol

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Patricia confirmed Savage’s status, but wouldn’t go into detail with Tyrell Crosby.

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On Saturday afternoon, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia confirmed that backup quarterback Tom Savage is currently in concussion protocol.

Savage left Thursday’s preseason game against the New England Patriots after getting thrown to the grown. Video replay appears to show Savage’s head bouncing violently off the new Ford Field turf:

Savage has a long history of concussions, including at least three brain injuries suffered in the last four years.

As a result of the injury, the Lions have signed journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson. Patricia said that Johnson’s previous experience with quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan played a big part in why the team brought him in.

“The good part is it’s somebody that there’s a previous relationship with—with one of the coaches—which is always kind of a thing that we look for in these type of situations,” Patricia said.

Patricia would not comment on the status of any other injuries from Thursday’s preseason game, including offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby. According to the Detroit Free Press, Crosby was in concussion protocol at the end of the game, but Patricia would not confirm nor deny that on Saturday.

“Crosby has an injury right now that I’m not going to comment on,” Patricia said. “In general, we’re in an evaluation process there.”