Campbell says everything "blacked out"
On the Redskins' final fourth-down play Sunday, Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker flung Jason Campbell to the ground after Campbell threw incomplete to Santana Moss. The quarterback remained there for several long moments, face down. It seemed like a potential late hit, and the Fox announcers said as much during the telecast, suggesting that the Eagles were lucky they weren't whistled. ESPN.com's Matt Mosley called it a "horrendous no-call."
After the game, during his weekly appearance on Comcast SportsNet's Postgame Live, Campbell seemed to agree with that assessment, and said that everything "blacked out" for him after the hit. With all the focus on concussions this week--and with both of last year's starting Super Bowl quarterbacks sitting out this week with the after-effects of head injuries--this will obviously be a closely watched situation this week.
"Real quick before you get out of here, if Tom Brady's the quarterback on that last play, is there a roughing call?" host Chick Hernandez asked from the studio.
"Yeah, I think it was a 15-yarder maybe," Campbell said, to much laughter.
"What happened there, did you just get thrown down and lose your wind? What happened?" Hernandez followed up.
"Yeah, I was sitting there trying to bide time, because the play that we had for fourth and 1, they was all over it," Campbell explained. "At the same, you know, you're trying to stand in there, bide time, just hoping a guy may slide open. And just as soon as I saw Tana stop and slide [open], I tried to hurry up and give it to him and the guy actually threw me on top of my head. And when he slammed me down on my head everything blacked out, my left arm was numb and I had the breath knocked out of me. So I have no comments for what I think, but at the same time....We know."
(Clinton Portis missed his third straight game after getting concussed against the Falcons; during his pre-game appearance on ESPN 980, Vinny Cerrato was asked when Portis would see the field again.
"You know, I think whenever all the symptoms clear up or when he can work out and he doesn't have symptoms," Cerrato said. "He goes back to the doctors in Pittsburgh I think in another week, so we'll see then. I think we're seeing more and more [caution with] the concussion stuff now. You know, Roethlisberger's not playing today, and Westbrook's still out, so I think [we're] being very cautious with head injuries.")
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