Keenum has “100 percent trust” in Rams’ training staff, coaches

AP

The Rams’ medical team and coaching staff have come under criticism for not removing quarterback Case Keenum from the game immediately after a hard hit that caused a concussion on November 22. But Keenum, who is expected to return to the field on Sunday for the first time since that concussion, says he doesn’t agree with that criticism.

“I know it’s a big deal, and it’s a touchy subject when it comes to a lot of things. But I’ve got 100 percent trust in my training staff and my coaches that they wouldn’t put me out there if they didn’t feel I was 100 percent ready,” Keenum said.

The NFL has acknowledged that the medical spotter working the game should have ordered Keenum removed from the field. Keenum says the Rams’ head trainer briefly approached him after the hit, but Keenum waved him off and told him, “I’m good.”

Keenum said he considered the last two weeks to be among the most difficult points in his career.

“It was one of the tougher couple weeks for me,” Keenum said. “If it’s a sprained ankle or if it’s a sore whatever, you can kind of see the symptoms and know what’s going on and know how you feel. With your head, if I were to ask you 1,000 times in a row if your head hurts, it’s probably going to hurt after about 500 times of somebody asking if it hurts. It’s hard to tell, especially with something like that.”

If Keenum takes another hard hit on Sunday, one would hope the Rams will show an excess of caution.

18 responses to “Keenum has “100 percent trust” in Rams’ training staff, coaches

  1. So he’s saying that team approached him about the potential injury and he waved off the trainer saying he was OK. Also, he is saying that players will just admit there is something wrong after 500 of 1000 times being asked, sort of like the theory of waterboarding. In other words, the only person responsible for head injuries, short and long term, is the player.

  2. Is he soft? Brady could play without a helmet or pads and never get hurt he is so tough and talented.

  3. Case…..they left you on the field when you looked like a tomato plant that hasn’t been watered in 2 weeks.

    Sometimes saying nothing is better than…..well….what you said here.

  4. “I have been preparing all offseason for this. I’m always excited for Week 1. It will be a great season.”

    -Case Keenum, yesterday (according to sources)

  5. Having 100% trust in Jeff Fisher should be added to the NFL’s concussion protocol if it is not there already.

  6. This statement has been brought to you by the Rams organization and they approve of this statement.

  7. In 20 yrs he will be begging the NFL to pay for his medical care because they put him in harms way…..More players need to understand that an injury to the brain is not something that will go away like a sprained ankle, do like Big Ben did, no one had to take him out the game he put himself in concussion protocol until he was sure he was ok…these coaches and owners care little about the players safety, for proof look at what Jerry is doing to Romo….

  8. willycents says:
    Dec 10, 2015 11:28 AM
    Is he soft? Brady could play without a helmet or pads and never get hurt he is so tough and talented.
    =====================================

    I think you mean “he is so protected by refs”.

  9. “But I’ve got 100 percent trust in my training staff and my coaches that they wouldn’t put me out there if they didn’t feel I was the best available option”

    Fixed that for you Case

  10. Plenty of players have already admitted they would lie to trainers to stay on the field. Why would a career backup given his first, and possibly only shot at an actual starting job, be any different.

    He got lucky the Rams o-line fell apart when it did. When healthy their starters were just good enough to cover up Foles’ deficiencies.

  11. And with that answer he failed Test #1 of the new concussion protocol. He is now automatically sidelined for the next 8 games.

  12. When asked how he felt, well after the incident in question, he answered:

    “Man, how about those Braves. My dog Spot got the ball six times today. My girlfriend’s curling iron is on the blink. Gotta have those meatballs in the sauce you know.”

    He was determined to be normal.

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