Stamps' Glenn OK following hit to head
By SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn throws the ball while playing against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL football game in Regina, Saskatchewan September 23, 2012. (REUTERS)
Kevin Glenn woke up Monday morning feeling a little bit groggy and nursing a splitting headache.
It's fitting because the Calgary Stampeders' pivot can now relate to how more than a few melonheads were likely feeling when they woke up after one-too-many Pilsners during Sunday's 30-25 Saskatchewan Roughriders' win at Mosaic Stadium.
Some rest, a glass of water or two, and it's all in the past.
Glenn, who took two big hits from Riders pass-rusher Odell Willis on consecutive plays late in Sunday's loss -- the second of which saw Glenn's head bash into another oncoming Riders lineman -- went through a smorgasbord of concussion tests over the past two days, but the veteran quarterback is no worse for wear and will be under centre when the Edmonton Eskimos come to town Friday (8 p.m., TSN, QR77).
Picking himself up off the turf with a splitting headache isn't fun, though.
"It's scary when you have those head injuries," Glenn said following Tuesday's late-afternoon walkthrough, as head coach/GM John Hufnagel tried to keep the contact to a minimum during the short work week. "Whether it's a bad headache, whether it's you just get hit and your head's hurting, it's scary because of all this concussion stuff that's going around."
But Glenn, who finished the game 24-of-38 for 270 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, is adamant he has never suffered a concussion during his 12-year CFL career.
"I passed all the tests, as far as concussions," Glenn said. "When you're dealing with head injuries, that's what everyone thinks about nowadays, but I'm fine, I passed all the tests and it was just a real bad headache.
"I don't have any memory loss or anything," he added. "It was a big blow. I kind of got sandwiched between two guys. It was one of those things where you get hit -- and this is a physical game -- but you can't continue to play at that particular point."
Had the hit occurred earlier in the game, Glenn guessed he may have been able to return to the game. But at that late juncture, there wasn't enough time to properly assess the injury and regroup.
The headache finally went away Monday night and Glenn, who was sacked four times in the game as Willis wreaked havoc off the left edge all game long, was able to take another look at the hit.
"After watching it, it was a clean it," said Glenn, who is now 6-4 as the starter this season. "It was just the fact that my head hit the other guy with that kind of force."
With the news the Edmonton Eskimos are splitting first-team quarterback reps this week between Steven Jyles and Matt Nichols, Glenn's recovery ends the possibility of an Eastern Washington reunion.
Nichols quarterbacked the Eagles from 2006 through 2009, before handing the reins to Mitchell, who transferred from SMU for his final two seasons in 2010 and 2011.
If Nichols does, indeed, get the start Friday, Mitchell will be watching with a keen eye.
"I've known Matt for a while," Mitchell said. "We've always kept in touch and we play golf together whenever we're down at Eastern.
"Matt's a tough guy. He's a good quarterback and he's going to stand in that pocket and throw the ball when he has to with some zip on it and he can take off and run."