Dolphins’ Green optimistic, upbeat about future after concussion

Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green flew to Kansas City for medical consultations and was optimistic about the recovery from his second severe concussion in 13 months.

“He went through some tests this morning, and he told me that it’s very encouraging,” coach Cam Cameron said Wednesday. “He’s in Kansas City, dealing with the people he dealt with last year so they can make a direct comparison.”

More tests and a consultation with a neurosurgeon were planned.

“He’s really upbeat,” Cameron said. “That’s what makes those guys who they are — they’re competitors. They can’t imagine not playing. With that being said, we’ve got to let this thing play out.”

The 37-year-old Green was knocked unconscious with a Grade III concussion, the most severe, in Sunday’s loss at Houston. A concussion in the 2006 opener with the Kansas City Chiefs sidelined Green for eight games, and he considered retirement before deciding to return this year.

The loss of Green moved rookie John Beck up one spot on the depth chart. He becomes the backup to Cleo Lemon, who will make his second NFL start Sunday at Cleveland.

“John’s one play away at this point,” Cameron said. “He’s one play closer than he was before.”

As the first quarterback drafted in the first or second round by the Dolphins since Dan Marino, Beck is widely considered their QB of the future.

He likes to fish, whether it’s for trout in a stream in the Rockies, or for bass in the lake behind his house in South Florida. That makes it easier for him to endure the wait for his NFL debut.

“If you enjoy fishing, you have to be a pretty patient person,” Beck said. “But I’m also kind of an anxious person — not as far as nervousness, but just being excited for when the opportunity does come.”

Green will likely be sidelined several weeks at least, forcing the Dolphins (0-5) to rely on Lemon or Beck. This week, Cameron opted for the inexperienced veteran rather than the untested rookie.

“We’re not in a position right now where we’re saying, ‘Let’s start playing John Beck just because he’s a rookie,”‘ Cameron said. “We’re going to play the guy that gives us the best chance to win today.”

Receiver Marty Booker took snaps in practice and will be the Dolphins’ emergency third quarterback this week.


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