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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