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Old 11-18-02, 02:15 PM
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Tommy Maddox up and walking around...(UPDATE)

By Chuck Finder, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Tommy Maddox was up and walking around Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and expected to return to Pittsburgh late this afternoon for hospitalization and further testing, Steelers medical personnel told a news conference today.

The Steelers' starting quarterback got a concussion and a spinal cord concussion -- corrected from original reports that it was a contusion -- from a combination of hitting the ground and a hit in the shoulders from Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck on the third quarter's final play of the Steelers' 31-23 loss yesterday.

Dr. Tony Yates, the Steelers' internist, said the spinal cord concussion was more of an electrical sort of shock rather than the bleeding and swelling a contusion would indicate. Maddox showed improvement rapidly yesterday. He got a dose of steroids in an ambulance leaving the Coliseum and got feeling back in his limbs within 45 minutes of the injury.

"He's feeling much better except for a headache," Yates said, adding that Maddox's parents and brother were at the game and later at his hospital bedside. "He has told his father he's not going to give him any more strokes on the golf course."

Yates said Maddox would be admitted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for further neurological evaluations by Dr. Joseph Maroon, a concussion specialist and a longtime Steelers team physician. Those tests, coupled with Maroon's prognosis, would indicate how quickly Maddox could return to the Steelers' lineup and whether the injuries would affect him the remainder of his NFL career. Brain concussions have a layering effect, and multiple injuries have caused quarterbacks such as Troy Aikman, Steve Young and Chris Miller to retire.

Steelers' trainer John Norwig said Maddox was breathing but unconscious for roughly five minutes after he and Steelers' medical staff ran onto the field. Norwig added that he wanted to thank the Titans' medical staff for their help and support with the injury to the visiting team's starting quarterback.

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So is he done for the season or what?
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Originally posted by Da Thrilla
So is he done for the season or what?
most likely. it take time to heal the injury.
Old 11-19-02, 04:34 AM
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At least he is up and walking around
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Great news
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Originally posted by the_dude8
most likely. it take time to heal the injury.
Crap.
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Originally posted by Da Thrilla
So is he done for the season or what?
He will be OK'd by doctors to play, but the NFL will suspend him due to the fact his blood tested positive for steroids!
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Maddox released from hospital; tests normal!

The Steelers and Maddox's doctor, neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, say it is entirely up to Maddox when he returns.

Maddox's recovery was one of the fastest Maroon has seen in the 5,000 cases of football-related brain concussions he has studied

Very Good News!
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Originally posted by The Governor
Maddox released from hospital; tests normal!

The Steelers and Maddox's doctor, neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, say it is entirely up to Maddox when he returns.

Maddox's recovery was one of the fastest Maroon has seen in the 5,000 cases of football-related brain concussions he has studied

Very Good News!
They must have laid a terrible towel on him when he was going to the Hospital.
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Originally posted by Lateralus
They must have laid a terrible towel on him when he was going to the Hospital.
Either that or the Steelers Gods DID NOT want to see Kordell in for very long!
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Did anyone else hear the stuff some of his teammates were saying about him? They were pretty much saying they were glad kordell was back. idiots.


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Good to hear.

But is it just me, or did his hit not look that bad? Seriously. I've seen way bigger hits before. Maddox's hit didn't look all that bad at all.

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The hit wasn't bad at all...it was the way he landed and the linebacker landed on him. His head got crunched pretty good against the ground. It wasn't a bone jaring hit at all.
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But even when the LB landed on him, it didn't look that bad. Oh well. The spine is a fragile thing. Glad that he's moving around and such. That must've been scary as hell for everybody.

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Originally posted by The Governor
Maddox released from hospital; tests normal!

The Steelers and Maddox's doctor, neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, say it is entirely up to Maddox when he returns.

Maddox's recovery was one of the fastest Maroon has seen in the 5,000 cases of football-related brain concussions he has studied

Very Good News!
that is pretty interesting that he is already cleared to play. even though he may have no neurologic defecits, i would imagine that he would still have swelling around the cord that would need more time to heal. but i guess that is why maroon is a neurosurgeon and i am not.
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I think I heard somewhere that Maddox probably won't play for a few weeks just in case.

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Originally posted by shadowhawk2020
Did anyone else hear the stuff some of his teammates were saying about him? They were pretty much saying they were glad kordell was back. idiots.


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Personally, I'd rather have Charlie Batch in before Kordell.
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Originally posted by shadowhawk2020
Did anyone else hear the stuff some of his teammates were saying about him? They were pretty much saying they were glad kordell was back. idiots.


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made me sick when hines ward said something like "tommy cant take a hit" while being interviewed about the injury
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Originally posted by TaTTooD
made me sick when hines ward said something like "tommy cant take a hit" while being interviewed about the injury
if indeed ward was referring to that hit, i guess it goes to show how stupid professional athletes really are. i know that is a generalization, but come on.

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