Brandon Weeden sustained a concussion in the closing minutes of Sunday’s 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, an injury that brought Colt McCoy off the bench to close out only Cleveland’s second win in 18 games against its most bitter rival.
This injury was the case of friendly fire as Weeden appeared to bang his head on Thomas’ leg as he fell awkwardly after throwing an incomplete pass with about five minutes left. The 29-year old rookie was slow getting up and walked unsteadily to the sideline where he was met by medical personnel. Weeden was then escorted to Cleveland’s locker room for further treatment and evaluation.
Weeden wanted to return to the game after the dizzying injury; however, Trent Richardson said trainers hid Weeden’s helmet on the sideline so that he would not be able to find a way back into the game without receiving medical attention.
After the game Pat Shurmur was asked about the condition of his starting quarterback. ”He’s good,” Shurmur said. “We had a good conversation. He’s being treated for a concussion, but we’ll see where that goes. Some guys come back quickly, some guys don’t, so we’ll just have to see where’s that’s at.”
Weeden will have to pass the league battery of tests before he will be cleared to play against the Raiders next week.
If he is unable to return within a week, something we saw both Jay Cutler and Alex Smith struggle with, then the reins to the offense will be handed off to former starter Colt McCoy. While McCoy took over for Weeden after his late exit, he didn’t attempt a single pass.