If you were watching closely you might have noticed that something immediately seemed weird. After Torain's head snapped to the right on this hit, he remained on the ground. Anthony Armstrong came over to help Torain up, but the running back stayed on the ground and brought his hands together, in a gesture that sort of looked like he was calling a timeout. Then he left the field for a play. When he came back on the field, he lost the ball within two plays.
Coach Mike Shanahan addressed the issue on Wednesday, admitting that the head shot may have contributed to the fumble.
"I think he got hit pretty good, because he went out of the game, then he came back and had that fumble," Shanahan said. "I'm sure that had something to do with it. But a lot of these guys get licks like that all the time. It's been happening forever. Did he have a concussion? I don't think he did. But did he get dinged? I think he got dinged."
But Shanahan also suggested that the hit that caused the fumble helped, you know, cause the fumble.
"He got the hell knocked out of him on the one play, right before the ground," Shanahan said. "I was gonna use another word, but I know it wasn't proper."