A source close to Trent Green told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the Chiefs quarterback will likely miss at least the team's next two games due to a concussion.
A CT scan and MRI were both negative, but Green remains hospitalized. Green likely will be released on Tuesday.
Green sustained a "very, very
severe concussion" when his head was slammed into the ground by
Cincinnati's Robert Geathers.
"He's feeling much better," Chiefs president Carl Peterson
said Monday. "But he has a very king-sized headache. Hopefully
he'll be able to go home tomorrow."
The two-time Pro bowl quarterback will be listed as questionable
this week at Denver. Peterson said he didn't know when Green might
Losing Green for long could be devastating to the Chiefs.
Starting at Denver will be journeyman Damon Huard, who until Sunday
had not completed a pass in the NFL since Dec. 24, 2000. Behind
Huard are rookies Brodie Croyle and Casey Printers, who were both
unimpressive in the preseason.
"There's no question this will test the football team,"
Peterson said. "Trent Green has been a tremendous leader for us
both on and off the field. We're anticipating that Trent will get
through this and get well and be back with us. At this point,
though, I wouldn't put any time on it."
Protected by an outstanding offensive line and surrounded by
stars such as Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez, Green started 80
straight games from 2001-2005, while Kansas City gained more yards
(30,470), scored more touchdowns (262) and rushed for more TDs
(131) than any other team in the league.
Joining the Chiefs from St. Louis after surviving a
career-threatening injury and undergoing four knee operations,
Green's 20,117 yards passing and 111 touchdown from 2001-2005 were
exceeded only by Peyton Manning.
"It will be a day-to-day, week-to-week evaluation by the
doctors," said Peterson. "Thank goodness he had no problems with
Meanwhile, talk continued over the hit that knocked Green
unconscious in the third quarter of Cincinnati's 23-10 victory.
Green was going feet-first into a hook slide right in front of
the Chiefs bench. Geathers, possibly pushed from behind at least
somewhat by Kansas City wide receiver Eddie Kennison, came flying
in. Geathers' right shoulder slammed Green's chest and head and
snapped the back of Green's head violently to the turf.
Officials did not call a foul, explaining to the enraged Chiefs
sideline that Geathers' momentum had carried him into the player.
"In my opinion, I think it was a late hit. I think it was
obviously a very vicious hit," Peterson said, "one that
unfortunately Trent Green and the Kansas City Chiefs are paying a
Peterson said he had reviewed film of the play Monday with
"They're drawing their conclusion and will make their decision
later in the week," he said.
Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer said Monday that he had
tried to call Green. When Palmer sustained a devastating knee
injury last January, Green called him with advice and
"Everything I've heard is good," Palmer said. "I heard that
he regained consciousness in the locker room, and he's going to be
Palmer also defended Geathers.
"Knowing Robert, he's not a guy who likes to take cheap shots
or really ever does take cheap shots. He was trying to make a
tackle, he kind of got [blocked] low, almost like he fell into him.
When you're 280 pounds and you're falling into a quarterback,
something bad's going to happen. There's nothing you can do in that
Gonzalez said he didn't think it was a cheap shot. "He didn't
hit him with his helmet," he added.
But Peterson, and many other Kansas City players, had a
"I think the quarterback was trying to slide, which he's
instructed to do. The minute he starts that, the defensive player
is supposed to get off, to back off any type of hitting or touching
the quarterback," he said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.