Gannon, 39, will miss minicamp, might retire

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders coach Norv Turner hinted Sunday that Rich Gannon's career is over in Oakland, raising doubt the quarterback will play again after a serious neck injury.

"Rich hasn't come out and publicly made any statements, but
from a physical standpoint, it would be very difficult for him to
play," Turner said.

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Turner said that Gannon, who turns 40 in December, will not
attend the team's mandatory minicamp next weekend and will be the
only player not to participate. Turner expects no announcement
before June 1 because of salary cap constraints.

Gannon, the NFL's 2002 MVP, fractured a vertebra in his neck in
the third week last season in a helmet-to-helmet collision with
Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Gannon, who went on injured reserve for the second straight year
following consultations with four of the nation's top neck and
spine specialists, still attended meetings and games, determined to
help his teammates any way possible.

Gannon was hurt in a 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 20, 2003, and had shoulder surgery that November.

Gannon has passed for 28,743 yards and 180 touchdowns in 18 NFL
seasons with Minnesota, Washington, Kansas City and Oakland. He won
his MVP award while leading the Raiders to the Super Bowl in the
2002 season, passing for 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns while
completing more than 67 percent of his passes.