Cassel Cleared For Practice, But Not Play

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.”

8 Responses to “Cassel Cleared For Practice, But Not Play”

  • October 16, 2012  - Josh says:

    Maybe once he returns to play he can limit his turnovers to just one fumble and one interception per quarter.

  • October 16, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I don’t know if practice will help either Cassel or Quinn. I do know that an offensive line that could actually block would do both of them a world of good.

  • October 16, 2012  - el cid says:

    When Pioli got Winston signed, I was pretty satisfied with the new OL. Has not worked out that well, I guess but better QB play and the OL may play better, also better OC planning and play calling and the QB might be better and the OL might have been better.

    It is still a team sport, if all parts are not working together, there is not much hope the individual parts can carry the load.

    List every thing bad about this team and it is a mess but the same players seem decent as individuals. The problem is no which QB, no the problem is nothing is working with each other.

  • October 16, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    cid, I too thought that the Winston deal would fix a lot of problems. Little did I know his best move is a hold and his hobby is fan bashing.

    I don’t understand why the offensive line isn’t more important to this organization. I’m pretty sure it was Al Davis that drafted a center with the first pick in a draft. When asked why, he said that the line starts at the center and that the offense starts with the line and the defense doesn’t have a chance without an offense.

    Pioli came this close to being a genius. Instead of all those wasted first round picks on the defensive line, had he gone offense line…

    Well, he was almost right. And those empty gum wrappers on the office floor did deserve some attention.

  • October 16, 2012  - el cid says:

    John, you must be a real Pioli fan. Remember he drafted 2 OL in sted of the college QB from Wis (?) who starts for the seahawks. Who needs a QB when you can have two backup OL who may start as soon as next year.

  • October 16, 2012  - Josh says:

    Cid, I’m a Chiefs fan. As such, I hope for Pioli, Crennel, Cassel and every other negative aspect of this team to get walking papers.

  • October 16, 2012  - Josh says:

    Sorry, I read “Josh” but you were responding to John.

  • October 16, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Yeah, cid, you wait until next year. Those two mid draft OL will be protecting Stanzi. Cassel and Quinn won’t get thru this year.

    Who Pioli needs is Tebow. And Clark Hunt as an owner. Oh, we can’t afford Tebow.

    Can Charles throw a pass?

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