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September 29, 2008

Gross likely to miss game for first time

Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross is likely to miss the first game of his NFL career next Sunday when the Carolina Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gross suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the Panthers’ 24-9 win over Atlanta and lost consciousness for several minutes. He eventually regained consciousness and was carted off the field into the locker room.

According to the American Academy of Neurology’s parameters for managing concussions in sports, athletes who lose consciousness for a matter of minutes are considered to have suffered a Grade 3 concussion, the highest level measured.

And when that happens, the guidelines recommend a two-week wait before an athlete returns to play, provided there are no more symptoms of a concussion.

Carolina coach John Fox said Monday that team officials were waiting to hear from their doctors regarding Gross’ status.

Based on the guidelines, however, it is expected that Gross won’t play against the Chiefs and could also miss the Oct. 12 game at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers and Panthers currently are tied for first place in the NFC South Division with 3-1 records.

Counting the playoffs, Gross has made 91 consecutive starts for the Panthers since he was picked in the first round of the 2003 draft.

Gross had made a cut block and had fallen to the ground when Falcons linebacker Michael Boley accidentally kneed him in the head.

Gross was laying facedown and motionless for several minutes before regaining consciousness and rolling over on his back. The Panthers sent for a stretcher to carry him off the field, but then sent it away. He was sitting up and waved to the crowd when carted off the field.

Teammates said they saw Gross at halftime and that he was talking.

Fox said it was a scary moment for the Panthers and that the team was grateful that Gross didn’t suffer a neck injury.

Though concussions are common in the NFL, it is relatively rare for a player to be knocked unconscious. According to an NFL study released last year, 61 players lost consciousness after a hit in a six-year period covering the 1996-2001 seasons.


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Posted by Observer Sports on September 29, 2008 at 01:59 PM | Permalink


This is to be expected, he was out several minutes at the game. You could tell that he could hear his mama calling him even after he got up off the ground. He was still in a daze. He'll miss a game or two you can count on that. But there is no worries about it because of what John Fox has done to this team.

This goes back to how good of a coach John Fox is. We're prepared for this kind of situation. We have about 6 or 7 capable starters for the offensive line. Since we're deep at guard this year, we'll move Travell Wharton over to left tackle and let Hangartner start at left guard. Practically no damage to the offensive line because of our depth. Jordan Gross will be missed for now, but now he has time to recover and he won't be rushed back because of woes in the offensive line.

Jeff Otah will probably play. He just looked a little shook up and he was able to walk off the field on his own power without a limp. He'll play.

Posted by: Revshawn | Sep 29, 2008 2:36:53 PM

I think everyone will agree that it's better to have Gross sit out for a few weeks than to risk his suffering permanent brain damage. Concussions are very serious business.
At least Otah's ankle isn't sprained too badly, so he should be good to go against Kansas City.
Fox will probably have to activate one of the offensive linemen he's had on the deactive list these past few weeks. I don't think we want a tight end (Jeff King) playing strictly as a lineman... although I'm sure he could do so if circumstances pressed him into that role.

Posted by: Raptor | Sep 29, 2008 2:47:20 PM

Michael Boley was shown talking with a teammate and chuckling while the trainers were attending Gross. I would love to know what that conversation is about... not that it matters. Obviously, the league wouldn't do anything about it even if it were intentional. By taking no action against Briggs and malicious assault on Jake, they have declared open season on Panther players.
I'm not saying Boley was doing his best to nail Gross in the back of the head (like Briggs was tageting Jake) but there did seem to be excessive downward thrust applied to Gross from a player that was moving at full speed going across him overhead, from left to right.

Posted by: Keeping it Real | Sep 29, 2008 4:43:52 PM

There was absolutely nothing wrong or malicious with Briggs' hit on Jake, calm down

Posted by: matt | Sep 29, 2008 5:09:30 PM

Keeping it real,
you are an idiot, Boley was just running to the play, if he has the body control to run like that and then decide to slow down so he can hit a diving Gross than he has better body movement than a gymnast.

Posted by: Billy | Sep 29, 2008 6:05:18 PM

Dont tell it that you heard it from me but my cousin is Mike and he told me (drunk) that he did it on purpose.

Posted by: johnnyb | Sep 30, 2008 3:44:24 AM

Billy, your actions define you as well

Posted by: Keeping it Real | Sep 30, 2008 6:58:52 AM

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