Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart on the sidelines in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
In the third quarter of the Raiders second preseason matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals, second string quarterback, Matt Leinart has left the game after a hard blow to the head. The hit came from Cardinals' defensive lineman Ricky Lumpkin on a late hit.
Leinart had escaped pressure from oncoming rushers and rolled out right. He couldn't find anyone open so he threw the ball away out of bounds. But just after he released the ball, Lumpkin came in and nailed Leinart in the head on a blatant cheap shot. Leinart's helmet was nearly taken off his head. Lumpkin was penalized for roughing the passer and can likely expect a fine from the league as well.
He got up and jogged to the sideline but was checked out closely on the bench by several team doctors and trainers. He was replaced in the game immediately by third string quarterback, Terrelle Pryor.
Shortly thereafter, Leinart was taken to the locker room by motorized cart for further tests. The fact that he was no taken to the locker room under his own power suggests he could have at least a minor concussion.
Along with the hit to the head, Leinart has an inury to his index finger on his non-throwing hand. He will receive X-rays and we should know shortly of how serious it is.
He becomes the third injury for the Raiders in this game. Wide receiver Jacoby Ford left with an apparent ankle injury and was taken to the locker room and running back Mike Goodson after a hard hit to the chest.
Hopefully coach Allen will have some idea of the extent of each of the injuries following the game.