Gannon is likely out for the year

Updated: October 6, 2004, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rich Gannon had a doctor's appointment Wednesday in New Jersey, one of two evaluations the Raiders quarterback will have this week on the broken vertebra in his neck.

Rich Gannon
Quarterback
Oakland Raiders
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Att Comp PaTD RuTD Int Rat
68 41 3 0 2 86.9

The 38-year-old Gannon, who's out at least eight weeks and probably for the season, will rejoin the team this weekend in Indianapolis, where Oakland plays the Colts on Sunday.

The Raiders are waiting until further tests are done on Gannon's neck before determining whether to place him on injured reserve for the second straight season.

Gannon was knocked out of the game in the first quarter of the Raiders' 30-20 win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 26 after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Derrick Brooks.

The 2002 NFL MVP was hurt in a 17-10 loss to Kansas City last Oct. 20, and had shoulder surgery in November. He has said this offseason was one of the most productive in his 17-year career as he worked his way back.

Coach Norv Turner isn't sure whether Gannon will return this year -- or whether he should even try to make a comeback because he's dealing with a neck injury. Turner said they should know more soon.

Gannon has been at his home in Minnesota since the injury.

"I think he's waiting to see, being smart about it and seeing what the doctors say. Obviously with the result of the tests, we'll have a better feel. ... I think he's getting better, but there's still some concern," said Turner, who would like to keep Gannon around in some capacity if he can't play. "I don't want to jump to conclusions, but his insight and experience is great and he's a help for everybody."

Turner talked to Gannon on Monday, a day after the Raiders' 30-17 loss at Houston.

"We talked a long time about the game," Turner said. "It's hard. As hard as it is on us, he's sitting there watching on TV."


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