Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Miller Takes Another Blow to His Head - and Spirit

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Miller Takes Another Blow to His Head - and Spirit

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Rams quarterback Chris Miller usually bristles when the subject of concussions comes up. But now Miller has another sore head to match the sore subject.

In Sunday's second quarter, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Miller dropped back and dumped a 2-yard pass to Marv Cook. After he released the ball, Miller was hit by 6-6, 280-pound Jets lineman Marvin Washington, who appeared to raise both arms and come down on Miller's head. Washington was called for roughing the passer and ejected. He almost surely will face a hefty fine, too.

Miller, out cold, lay on the ground for a few minutes before being helped to the bench, where trainers attended to him. Miller brushed his hand through his hair and asked for a Rams cap. He put it on and then walked gingerly to a cart behind the bench.

As he was driven away, the Jets were celebrating a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown by Gary Jones of a Mark Rypien pass.

After the 23-20 Rams win, Miller was asked if he remembered anything from the play. "No," he said as he left the locker room.

How was he feeling? "Not very good," he said.

Is he concerned about what officially is his fifth concussion in 15 months, including three this season? Miller didn't answer.

But Rams coach Rich Brooks was concerned. Very concerned about the circumstance that sent Miller to the locker room early with a headache.

"People have been getting concussions since they invented football," Brooks said. "They get concussions when they drive cars. They get concussions when they get hit by baseballs. That's part of the game, unfortunately.

But "the part that was supposed to be eliminated was the illegal hit that he took today that caused it," Brooks said. "They ejected the guy. They'll fine him, I'm sure. But a lot of good that does. They need to get that element out of the game and then maybe those things aren't as big a problem. …

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