Browns QB Colt McCoy was knocked silly two years ago and still allowed to get back in the game. It’s a different story for Browns’ offensive lineman Ryan Miller—a 6-foot-7, 320-pound behemoth. Game time or practice, times have changed.
It was a routine blocking drill that knocked Miller into next week. One-on-one blocking dropped Miller after he made contact with his helmet, rendering him motionless for several minutes. He was surrounded by teammates as he “was immobilized and strapped to a backboard. The Browns initially feared Miller had suffered a devastating injury, and were relieved to learn he was responsive and moving his limbs.”
It was a scary scene as players and coaches looked on. Said Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, ”I’ve only witnessed it a few times and anytime that happens you just pray and just hope for the best and hope everything is OK…’I’ll tell you what, it made everyone realize that at any moment anything can happen.”
The indoor workout came to a standstill as Miller “was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic on Saturday.” After a few hours, he was released from the hospital, but now “will be monitored by the medical staff and must pass a series of tests before he can return to the field.”
With new targeting rules in effect in college football and the NFL’s long overdue concussion protocols, the game’s landscape is definitely being altered. The big question is, how much? Losing your QB for four games could cost you a playoff spot, or in the case of the NCAA, a BCS bowl berth.