Derrick Johnson, Brady Quinn Could Have 'Significant' Injuries

The Kansas City Chiefs may not have made it through the preseason without major injuries to key players.

According to Chiefs beat reporter Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, linebacker Derrick Johnson and QB Brady Quinn suffered injuries in last night’s preseason game that could be significant. Teicher sent out a couple of tweets last night that raised a bit of alarm.

Here they are:


Teicher then backtracked somewhat, claiming that the injuries might not be serious but that they could cause the Chiefs problems.

I remember the play where DJ looked a little shaken up, however he got back to his feet and seemed to be shaking it off.

As for Quinn, in is press conference after the game, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel made a quip about Quinn getting a little banged up when he “tried to play running back.”

DJ reportedly had an ankle injury. My fear is that Teicher is talking about the dreaded high ankle sprain. I am speculating here but if DJ has a “significant” injury that isn’t necessarily serious, which I’d take serious to mean a potentially season-ending injury, then high ankle sprain seems about right. It wouldn’t end DJ’s season but it could cause him to miss several games. Cross your fingers that I’m wrong.

As for Quinn, Crennel said after the game that he had “neck spasms.”

He also mention that Tyson Jackson twisted his ankle and QB Alex Tanney hurt his finger, which is why he came out of the game after entering briefly.

Crennel didn’t seem too concerned but the Chiefs may have been doing further evaluations at the time of the press conference.

I won’t get into the impact of DJ missing any time because I don’t want to ruin your Friday. Besides, you already know how crucial he is.

If Quinn is going to be shelved for any amount of time, the Chiefs absolutely have to bring in a veteran QB. Ricky Stanzi is clearly utterly incapable of running an offense right now. Tanney is likely not going to make the 53-man roster and he got no experience this preseason. Scott Pioli needs to ensure he has a veteran backup option on the roster, just in case anything happens to Matt Cassel. Even if that means cutting Stanzi or carrying four QBs.

We will monitor this situation throughout the day and weekend. Stay tuned.

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  • chiefridgy

    Oh snap!

  • Joy Koval

    I don’t think cutting tanney is wise keeping him over stanzi seems like the better option at least we know tanney can throw!!

    • Patrick Allen

      We saw Tanney throw one pass. Chances are, given extended time, he’d be just as bad if not worse than Stanzi is right now. Not saying he couldn’t develop but as the 4th guy in camp, he probably hasn’t gotten very many reps at all.

      • Brody Hall

        Wrong we seen two… first being a 40 yard bomb right on the numbers with a defender in his face and even got a hand on his throwing arm. The second he pretty much threw away which was the right decision. Tanney stepped up in the pocket and threw like a champ. His arm strength is kick ass (he can hit the crossbar from the 40 from a knee and from the 60 standing up. Do I think he should be the number two qb already? No… do I think he could be a good number 3 with hopes of learning and becoming a solid number 2 in the future? You bet your ass I do… plus you gotta look at what we have right now. Stanzi got his chance and blew it. Quinn did the same. Honestly I say keep Tanney as 3 and go get a veteren number 2. Both Stanzi and Quinn have failed in my eye’s.

    • big chief

      Agreed, Stanzi hasn’t shown me any qb capabilities.

    • MCgrad2011

      i went to school with tanney is the kid’s work ethic is unreal. no doubt he has potential to become a solid back up

  • ArrowFan

    Stanzi just looks lost out there.

    • tm1946

      I do not like Quinn but really do not like Stanzi….wonder what an extra really is worth?

  • ArrowFan

    DJ will be fine he is a LB after all.

  • micah stephenson

    Wow. With all these injuries im not nearly as optimistic as I was before the 1st preseason game :(

  • josh

    Bring in the perv

  • Kyle Brannan

    I think we should bring in Vince Young if the report about Quinn is accurate and if the injury to DJ is true we are in serious shit for week one.

  • Michael Shaw

    I am personally not worried about DJ’s injury. He is tough and to be honest I am thinking a Siler/Studebaker/Greenwood rotation might not be that bad. It would give them some games to show they belong on this team while DJ heals up. Or maybe even Gabe Miller can show them something. We have Hali and Rogers (That is what Madden 12 always called Justin Houston when I made a tackle or sack with him!!) to make the mad push to the QB. As for the Tyson Jackson, I say bring in the Perv and let him show Tyson how you are SUPPOSED to play DE!

  • KCtitleist11

    man we cannot lose DJ. we are already getting abused at corner w/o BFlowers