Adam Thielen pulled from game for concussion check, and he got angry at officials

Football players aren’t always going to agree with measures designed to protect their health.

One of the most recent concussion rules put in place by the NFL is that a spotter in the press box could call down to officials to stop play and pull a player out if there’s a possibility he had a concussion. Sometimes that can come at an inopportune time.

In the third quarter of a high-scoring game and the Vikings trailing 28-20, play was stopped on third down. Officials came to get Adam Thielen out of the game, because the spotter wanted him checked for a concussion.

Thielen was not happy.

Adam Thielen had to come out on a key play

On the previous play, Thielen went low for a catch and took a knee to the head from Rams linebacker Cory Littleton. Thielen was slow to get up and Fox replays showed him adjusting his helmet. He stayed in the game.

The Vikings went up to the line for their third down play when whistles blew. Thielen seemed surprised he was being taken out of the game on a key play.

Fox color commentator Troy Aikman said on the broadcast that he thought it was the right call.

Safety measures not always popular with players

Thielen wasn’t happy to be coming out, and he probably went over the line a bit with his protest to officials.

He yelled, he gestured, he even seemed to throw his mouthpiece. Officials showed a lot or restraint to not throw a penalty on him.

The Vikings, without one of their best receivers on the field, threw incomplete with Thielen out of the game and had to punt. There’s no question the spotter’s decision to call down to the field put the Vikings at a disadvantage on a key play.

Fox showed Thielen on the sideline, with his helmet, out of the medical tent, still looking angry he was pulled out. The concussion test did not last very long. And Thielen seemed to have some validity to his complaint, considering on the Vikings’ next drive he caught a long touchdown.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: The Los Angeles Rams take the field to play the Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell #11 for a catch in the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Wide receiver Robert Woods #17 of the Los Angeles Rams crosses the goal play line in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Brandin Cooks #12 of the Los Angeles Rams tip toes along the sidelines after his catch during the fourth quarter of a 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a 47-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandin Cooks #12 of the Los Angeles Rams against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of their NFL football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 27, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Defensive tackle Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams sacks quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-31. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Defensive tackle Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates a sack on quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-31. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings catches the ball in front of defensive back Sam Shields #37 of the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Wide receiver Cooper Kupp #18 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Robert Woods #17 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Defensive back Xavier Rhodes #29 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts to his holding penalty in front of wide receiver Brandin Cooks #12 of the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Aldrick Robinson #17 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown as safety John Johnson III #43 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson #17 of the Minnesota Vikings hauls in a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of their NFL football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 27, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Bryce Hager #54 of the Los Angeles Rams hugs John Franklin-Myers #94 of the Los Angeles Rams the Vikings fumbled the ball during closing minutes of the game against Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The NFL is trying to help improve safety for its players, and sometimes it results in controversy. The helmet rule and the expanded emphasis of the roughing-the-passer calls have been two huge stories in the NFL this season. Sometimes players are not happy about the safety measures. Thielen surely wasn’t.

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