Brady Quinn had waited three years for another chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He wasn’t going to let a concussion put him back on the sideline.
That’s why the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback admitted Wednesday to attempting to play through his second concussion of the season, which he believes happened when a defender’s knee struck the back of his helmet in a game against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 28.
Quinn remembers having vision problems after the blow, but decided to remain in the game, even though he was dazed enough to put on the wrong helmet on the sideline between possessions.
The former Browns quarterback never saw the Raiders’ Rolando McClain while getting sacked later in the first quarter, perhaps augmenting the severity of the initial concussion, and recalled having “tunnel vision” and being unable to see the Oakland defensive backs when he threw an interception.
It was at that point Quinn was removed from the game.
“That’s why I tried to stay in the game, because it was the first opportunity for me in a while,” said Quinn, speaking for the first time since the injury. “I tried to play through it, and that’s my fault for not being smart about it.”
Quinn has already been ruled out for Kansas City’s game Monday night at Pittsburgh. It will be the second consecutive game he’s missed since becoming the starting quarterback.
The former first-round draft pick sustained his first concussion this year when he got hit while scrambling during a preseason game at Green Bay. Quinn said he blacked out for a few seconds after the blow, and then saw stars, but everything started to clear up after a few minutes.
The latest concussion seems to be lingering, Quinn said, giving him reason for concern.
“It’s definitely a thought,” he said, “because it is the second one this year, and if you come back too soon, before your symptoms calm down, it does involve some risk.”
Luck’s jersey in hall
Halfway through his rookie season, Andrew Luck has already made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Or at least his jersey has.
The No. 12 shirt worn by Luck during Sunday’s record-setting game against Miami arrived in Canton on Wednesday and will be displayed in the hall of fame’s Pro Football Today Gallery.
Luck threw for 433 yards, a single-game rookie record, and tied Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in league history to produce four 300-yard games during their rookie seasons. Luck broke Cam Newton’s single-game mark of 432 yards set last year.
Around the league
The Arizona Cardinals placed outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield on injured reserve and re-signed defensive end Ronald Talley. Schofield damaged ligaments in his left ankle in Sunday’s loss at Green Bay and will require surgery. Talley played in six games for Arizona last season and was released Aug. 31. … The promising rookie season of Green Bay Packers first-round pick Nick Perry is over after he was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the linebacker had surgery to repair a ligament. … Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman might miss Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans because of the pending birth of his daughter. … The Atlanta Falcons re-signed fullback Mike Cox and released the player who beat him out, Lousaka Polite. … The Buffalo Bills signed cornerback Crezdon Butler and offensive tackle Thomas Welch to address two injury-depleted positions. Butler was signed off the Cardinals’ practice squad after splitting time this season on the active rosters of Arizona and Washington.