From the Truman Sports Complex
Matt Cassel’s status for the Chiefs next game or games is very much up in the air Monday as the team met to look at tape of their 9-6 loss to Baltimore.
Head coach Romeo Crennel confirmed that Cassel suffered a concussion early in the fourth quarter and that his ability to play in future games will depend on how he tests through the NFL protocol for head injuries.
“He’s being evaluated and they are going to run several tests to see where he is,” Crennel told the media hoard Monday afternoon at the team’s facility. “Generally concussions are not good. We’re going to give him an opportunity to get well.”
Crennel said it was too early to rule Cassel out of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
“Just from what I’ve seen about concussions, they can be difficult,” Crennel said. “It’s an individual thing. Some recover faster than others, but with the emphasis on concussions in the league, they are making sure we do due diligence on the player’s health and making sure he’s not rushed back.”
Last week the Chiefs placed TE Kevin Boss on the injured-reserve list after team doctors decided they would not clear him to play after the concussion he suffered in the second game of the season against Buffalo. Is Cassel headed for the same outcome?
“I think it’s too early to tell that,” Crennel said. “It will depend on what the doctors tell me, what his base line is and what he’s capable of doing. If they don’t allow him to do anything, it’s going to be hard for him to be ready for the game. That’s a position where you need as many (practice) reps as you can get. We’ll see.”
Right now, Crennel and the offensive staff are focused on making sure Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi are ready to play.
“Brady Quinn has to get prepared to play and Ricky Stanzi has to get prepared,” Crennel said. “That’s what we have to make sure happens.”