From the Truman Sports Complex
Brady Quinn has already been in Pittsburgh once this week, traveling there on Tuesday for an examination with a doctor that specializes in concussions.
As he flew home late Tuesday evening to Kansas City he was frustrated, but not surprised that the specialist had not given him the go ahead to play on Monday night back in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Quinn will miss his second straight game due to the concussion he suffered in the first half of the Chiefs game against Oakland on October 28th.
“To be honest I don’t feel 100 percent on seeing things out there,” Quinn said after going through the team’s Wednesday practice. “That’s what you would expect. I’m disappointed and frustrated. It’s Monday night football and a chance to play with the guys on this team and I love being with these guys. Physically I’m not quite there.”
Quinn met with Dr. Micky Collins at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Collins has become the national expert on athletes and concussions, developing with Dr. Mark Lovell the so-called impact testing that is now widely used to assess concussions and when an athlete is ready to return to action.
The issues are with Quinn’s vision, both peripheral and his ability to focus near too far. “Overall it’s just getting back to where I was before, going into the games against Tampa and Oakland seeing things out there,” Quinn said.
He confirmed that this was the second concussion of the year for him. He suffered one against Green Bay in the final pre-season game but that did not keep him off the practice field or limit his availability to play if he was needed in the regular-season opener. But given he’s had two concussions in two months causes more concern with the medical types.
“There’s obviously a concern for those sorts of things; if you go back too soon you risk getting a third one, who knows what happens then,” Quinn said. “The first one (concussion) resolved itself pretty quickly. This one has lingered.”