'Mild concussion' for Griffin after hit

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (bottom left) suffered a concussion on a tackle by Atlanta's Sean Weatherspoon.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (bottom left) suffered a concussion on a tackle by Atlanta's Sean Weatherspoon. (HARRY E. WALKER / MCT)
Posted: October 08, 2012

Washington's Robert Griffin III isn't the type of quarterback to run out of bounds, and Atlanta's Sean Weatherspoon knew it. The Falcons linebacker kept up his pursuit of rookie Sunday and rammed his body into the rookie's helmet, knocking him down and out.

"When he really wasn't sure what quarter it was, what score it was, we knew he had a mild concussion," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said afterward.

He's "a lot better right now," the coach added.

"I felt like he was still turning upfield, so I was just trying to make a play," Weatherspoon said. "Most quarterbacks would probably slide out of bounds or run out of bounds, but he's a tough guy."

The play was ruled a clean hit.

"It felt like a good play," Weatherspoon said. "I think it gave us a little energy."

He may be right. The Falcons won, 24-17.

K.C. fans go after their QB

Some Chiefs were angered by their fans' cheering of the hit that knocked out Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Ravens.

The fans have long soured on Cassel, who has thrown for five touchdowns and nine picks this season. Calls for his benching culminated Sunday with an airplane towing a banner over Arrowhead Stadium asking coaches to do just that.

Cassel had already committed four turnovers vs. the Ravens when he was hammered by defensive end Haloti Ngata while completing a pass in the fourth quarter. The quarterback remained on his back for several minutes while fans cheered. He eventually got to his feet with some help and was able to walk off the field.

"It's 100 percent sickening," Chiefs tackle Eric Winston said. "Matt Cassel hasn't done anything to you people.

"Hey, if he's not the best quarterback, he's not the best quarterback, and that's OK, but he's a person," the big offensive lineman said with his voice rising. "He got knocked out in a game, and we've got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out."

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles also took the fans to task over their boorish behavior.

"It's not right," he said. "It's his health. You know what I'm saying? He got hurt. You have to respect."

"I knew I hit him hard, but I didn't think it was hard enough to take him out. I thought I hit him right in the ribs," Ngata said. "Hopefully, he bounces back and gets better."

As for the cheering?

"For them to cheer for him being hurt," Ngata said, "that's just not cool."

Vike vs. zebra

Minnesota safety Harrison Smith was ejected from Sunday's game against Tennessee after pushing an official who was trying to break up an on-field altercation.

Several Titans and Vikings tangled in the second quarter after Minnesota's Antoine Winfield intercepted a pass from Matt Hasselbeck. The hard-nosed Smith was right in the middle of the confrontation when an official stepped in to try to steer him out of the area.

Smith kept jawing with the Titans players, and pushed the official to the side as he tried to get closer to the action.

A flag was thrown and referee Jeff Triplette said Smith was disqualified for shoving an official.

He's probably looking at a fine.

Weeden's youth

At nearly 29 years old, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is a bit old for youthful indiscretions, but he is a rookie after all.

In the second quarter, Weeden made a terrible decision on third and 1 from the Giants 25 with the Browns leading by 17-10. He rolled out and forced a pass to Josh Gordon that sailed directly to backup safety Stevie Brown, who sped down the left sideline for 46 yards to spark New York's comeback.

The Giants scored 17 straight points to take the lead, and that was that.

He also had a touchdown pass taken away on another rookie mistake, this one on the Giants 5-yard line. His third-down pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, but Weeden, who turns 29 on Sunday, somehow ended up with the ball, which he calmly threw to Jordan Cameron in the end zone for an apparent touchdown.

Alas, the play was ruled an illegal forward pass. Weeden was intercepted on the next play, and the Browns went on to lose, 41-27, to remain a perfect 0-5.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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