Gannon hasn't ruled out return

Updated: October 20, 2004, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rich Gannon was placed on injured reserve by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, an expected move since the quarterback has a broken vertebra in his neck.

 Rich Gannon

The 38-year-old Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP, announced Monday that he wouldn't return this season after consulting with four of the top neck and spine specialists in the country. He hasn't ruled out a return next 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 a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Derrick Brooks.

This is the second straight season Gannon has been placed on IR. He was hurt in a 17-10 loss to Kansas City last Oct. 20, and had shoulder surgery in November. This offseason was the most productive in his 17-year career as he worked his way back.

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