Concussion Leaves Cassel In Limbo

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.”

9 Responses to “Concussion Leaves Cassel In Limbo”

  • October 8, 2012  - Michael D says:

    What every Cassel hater wanted to see; Quinn under center. Now you have it. Wonder how long that love affair will last?

    Matt; here’s to a quick recovery!!

    Brady, I hope your time is successful and can make every back up in the league proud. We need a boost, go get’m.

    Man, I know I was harsh with my recreational response to the cheering of Cassel’s injury and I know that Eric feels the same way, but damn if it’s true there were fans that did cheer how classless is that? I really feel ashamed to be a Chiefs fan and agree with Eric totally.

    Lets face it, everyone’s ill feelings really are not rooted in Cassel’s play alone. Search your soul and just agree that all this is due to ownership, executive management, and the overall dysfunction of this organization as of late. No need to point fingers, but all of us know where the true blame lye’s. The fact of the matter is that emotional mouth-breathing dumba$$es have had enough and let their daggers fly in the wrong direction and at the incorrect parties. My hope is that every fan involved has remorse for his or her appalling and irrational decision.

    Jr and Pioli; time to get you act together. The signs and symptoms are bubbling up that you are sitting on a powder keg of trouble and if it goes off you and only you will be to blame. I for one will relish in your departure and look to the new horizon with excitement.

    Go Chiefs!!!!

  • October 8, 2012  - DanO says:

    Let Cassel rest for the next game and over the bye week. We can see if Quinn is the answer (or not), and hopefully Matt will be ready to go after the bye.

  • October 8, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    I was there. There was a smattering of cheers when Cassel stayed down. I am OUTRAGED at the ESPN coverage making it look like the whole stadium did it. Erik Winston owes 95% of us a huge apology.
    We did give Cassel the normal hand as he left the field. And we then cheered for Quinn as he took us down for the winning TD that Dean Carlson #39 stole from us. Damn refs…………that’s what ESPN should be talking about. we were screwed.

  • October 8, 2012  - txchief says:

    I wish Matt Cassel a full and rapid recovery. However, neither he nor Brady Quinn are the long term answer at QB for the Chiefs. I was there too, and if there were any cheering Cassel’s injury, it wasn’t many, and I kind of think that at least some of them may have still been cheering the end of Jamaal Charles’ run after his catch. If Winston’s comments somehow motivate the Chiefs players to play at a higher level, that’s fine with me.

  • October 8, 2012  - el cid says:

    I would like to see a change in management and coaching as I continue to believe that Pioli could not find 22 starters using Carl draftee and his 30+ draftees, so there has to be some talent somewhere on the roster.

    But Quinn could screw this plan up. If he can win 6 or so games, we get stuck with Pioli and crew for at least one more year.

    By the by, does anyone know if Clark Hunt is still alive or possibility been kidnapped? It sure is quiet down in Texas. txchief not withstanding.

  • October 8, 2012  - Petey says:

    Jeesh cy, over-react much? You ever heard the sayin’ ‘if the shoe fits’? If you weren’t booing then he wasn’t talking to you. He clarified today that it wasn’t 70000, that it might have been 7000 or 700. Don’t care how many it was, it was classless OF THOSE DOING IT. I am incredibly happy that Winston has his teammates back…says a lot about both he and Cassel.

    The refs didn’t screw us, our GAME PLAN screwed us. It’s been said already in some of the post game posts, but if RAC doesn’t trust the QB to throw the ball, then get him out of there.

  • October 8, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Petey- You must not have a TV.
    The Chiefs fans are killed on ESPN and NFLN. Baby Winston originally said all 70,000. That’s what went viral.
    I’ve had to deal with this all day long from students in every one of my classes.

    Winston is a shell of what he was, the Texans knew it. He blew the block that got Cassel hurt. He deflects his piss poor play by slandering his team’s fans. It’s pathetic.

    I am thoroughly disappointed Hunt or Pioli hasn’t made a statement supporting their customers.

  • October 8, 2012  - Petey says:

    You think I live in Missouri? Of course I have a tv. Correct, Winston said 70,000 in the heat of the moment, he has clarified today. Not his fault that didn’t get more run. He did not slander anyone and obviously you don’t know what that word means. It’s pretty surprising that you are that thinskined and that you’d take offense to something you didn’t do (boo Cassel) or the words of what I am assuming are kids.

    If there was even one ‘fan’ at that game that cheered because Cassel got hurt then it was one too many and the critsism is deserved. Like I said, I LOVE that Winston defended his QB…that says a lot about both men.

  • October 8, 2012  - ED J says:

    Don’t think Cassel will play Sunday. Going to be interesting if Quinn plays really good which I expect him to if he’s given opportunity to then will Romeo have guts to stick with him even if Cassel is ready to go after the bye week

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