No one wants to see their career end with an injury, and for Dolphins quarterback Trent Green, he is going to do whatever it takes to make sure his does not end with his latest concussion. Green spoke from Kansas City yesterday to head coach Cam Cameron, and told his coach that he wants to continue his NFL career despite the “severe” concussion that he suffered in Sunday’s 22-19 loss to the Texans in Houston. The concussion was the second that Green suffered in 13 months.
“He’s really upbeat,” Cameron said of Green. “You could imagine, that’s what makes those guys who they are and what they are. They’re competitors, and they think a little differently than the rest of us sometimes. They can’t imagine not playing.” How long Green might be out is still very much up in the air. More tests are needed and there still is a chance that doctors may tell Green he should stay off the playing field – for good. If he has the shot though to return, it looks as if Green will try and do so.
As far as the future of the QB spot for the Dolphins? That appears to be Cleo Lemon’s job – for now. Rookie John Beck is waiting in the wings, and has admitted that he has learned a lot from Green this season, and expects the hard nosed vet to make a comeback at some point. ”We don’t want to speculate and say it’s the end,” Beck said. “Trent is a fighter. He feels like he was progressing each week, and he feels like he’s going to be able to come back and continue to progress with this team.”
For now, the Dolphins will take their sweet time with the progress of Green, and they should. The team is going nowhere fast, will be lucky to win 4-5 games this season, and are already on the hook for $666,334 to Green in 2007. Come 2008, decisions will have to be made, as Green is worth $3.1 mil in bonuses, and if he can’t return to form, 2007 may be the only season he plays in a Miami uniform.