Despite suffering a concussion on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is on track to start in Oakland this week.
Weeden’s concussion wasn’t like many of the other vicious ones seen on what now seems to be a week-to-week basis. In the fourth quarter last week, he hit his head on left tackle Joe Thomas’ leg while falling down. He was never unconscious, just “a little foggy.”
It’s a bullet dodged for both Weeden and the Browns. If he wasn’t able to play, backup quarterback Colt McCoy would have stepped in, fueling an unending and distracting quarterback controversy to finish the season. Weeden hasn’t played his best ball in recent weeks – something he has certainly acknowledged – but he deserves a full season of snaps in order to receive a true assessment.
Weeden’s remarks about his concussion are another reminder of just how serious these injuries are in the NFL.
“I don’t want to be 50 years old and not remember playing in the NFL,” Weeden said. “I’d much rather sit out five minutes of a game than risk the long-term effects.”
For now, Weeden shows no lingering effects of his concussion. And for now, the crisis of a quarterback controversy has been avoided.