Kitna Calls Return to Game After Suffering Concussion Miraculous
Quarterback Jon Kitna told reporters today it was "a miracle" that he was able to return to the Detroit Lions' triumph over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after being knocked from the game with a concussion.
Kitna left the game in the second quarter and returned in the fourth quarter of the Lions' overtime win, which improved their record to 2-0. Kitna said the members of the Lions' medical staff followed all the proper procedures before clearing him to return to the game.
The NFL made dealing with players who suffer concussions one of its offseason priorities. Representatives of each club attended a meeting in Chicago in June to discuss the issues related to players and concussions, and the league set up an anonymous tip line for players to report any incident in which they feel a player has been pressured to return to a game too soon.
Kitna told reporters yesterday that he originally was "out of it" and "lost coherence" but was fine after halftime.
"They did exactly what they're supposed to do, and that's why I didn't push it very hard because I knew how touchy of a subject it is in the league right now," Kitna said, according to the Associated Press. "Finally in the fourth quarter, basically I said, 'I don't have anything. I'm as clear as I was when the game started.' "
By Mark Maske |
September 17, 2007; 7:56 PM ET
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