Bill O'Brien: Tom Savage initially cleared from concussion, then reevaluated

The quick re-entry of Houston Texans' quarterback Tom Savage after a scary hit against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, led to more questions about the enforcement of the NFL's concussion protocol. Garoppolo's 334 passing yards marked his career high and first 300-yard passing game. Marquise Goodwin caught six passes for 106 yards, while Garrett Celek added two receptions for 67 yards.

But after a rough start with an interception and just four first downs on the first four offensive possessions Sunday against the Houston Texans, things started to look as the 49ers had envisioned under the new quarterback.

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Savage was hit by 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil as he threw an incomplete pass on third down, ESPN reported. Houston opened the scoring on Ka'imi Fairbairn's 55-yard field goal. The Texans punted on the following play. He was replaced by T.J. Yates after that, though Savage still attempted to run onto the field and had to be pulled back by team personnel.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is likely to face tough questioning on why Savage was allowed to return so quickly, particularly in a sport where concussion issues have been so much under the spotlight in recent times. He was back on the next series and did not miss a snap. The 49ers second touchdown drive came in the third quarter and spanned just 6 plays and 3:33.

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