From the Truman Sports Complex
Head coach Romeo Crennel said late Tuesday morning that QB Matt Cassel has been cleared by doctors for non-contact practice.
That’s the first step back for Cassel in dealing with the after-effects of the concussion he suffered 9 days ago in a game against Baltimore.
The clearance means that Cassel has passed the required tests in the NFL concussion protocol. He will get tested again on Monday of next week. If there are no further problems, he would be cleared to play in the game on October 28th against Oakland.
But will he start? Crennel wasn’t saying yes or not on October 16th, 12 days ahead of the game.
“I’ve told the quarterbacks (Cassel and Brady Quinn) that they will get equal reps,” Crennel said of his practice plan for this week. “Both will work with the first team. We have two days to work through this and get some good work.
“I understand there is speculation on what ifs and what ands, but my stance is that both of them will get work and then we will evaluate it and next week when we are getting ready for a game week, we’ll make a decision and go from there.”
Crennel said that what he saw of Cassel over the last two days he’s capable of returning to work.
“He’s bounced back pretty good,” Crennel said. “He is ready to go. He’s bright-eyed, excited about getting back on the field and working with his teammates. I think he’ll go out there and do a good job.”