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Wenger's career in doubt after second concussion

Sep 8, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

Scary news after practice today from Brian Kelly, who announced that center Dan Wenger is recovering from another concussion, the second in three weeks, and an injury that clouds his future in football.

“He’s had these concussions and we’re going to have to make a decision as to whether we can put him back on the field,” Kelly said. “He’s out right now. He had another concussion so that’s his second concussion in three weeks. That’s a decision that our medical team is looking at right now. Dan and his family are involved in that decision.

“Dan and I had a long conversation today. We’re going to have to make a decision as to whether or not we can put him back on the field. We’re really hesitant to do that right now.”

There’s no injury scarier than concussions and I’m happy that Kelly and the medical staff are taking this seriously. Wenger discussed earlier in fall camp that his brothers and family have concussions in their medical history, and it’s something that he was taking seriously then, and most definitely will be taking serious now.

While it’d be a shame if injuries derailed the final season of Dan’s career after they played such a significant part over the past four years, being able to walk away from the game without some of the lingering effects of concussions is a much better scenario than hitting the field and putting yourself in greater danger.


  1. borromini - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Either way, whether he plays or not…you’re right…his long-term health is most important.
    In the meantime, who will be the backup?

  2. Don2u - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Mike Golic, I think he wears 57

  3. Art Vandelay - Sep 9, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Wow, tough news for a kid to handle. My prayers are with him and I hope there are no long term problems for him. Keith – Just curious…let’s say this happened to a freshman; would the school have to honor their commitment to give the player a free education? I would hope so, since this is a dangerous game and the players are putting a lot on the line each time they suit up. Would that Freshman’s scholarship still be counted toward the total available?

  4. Jeff - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    When injuries cut short a player’s career, ND still honors the full scholarship. However, I think it’s shifted to a non-athletic grant-in-aid so it no longer counts against the team’s scholarship limit.

  5. Michael Maisonneuve - Sep 9, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Sorry to hear about Dan Wenger! There is a four star centre still available for 2011. Kid is from Arizona. Are there any decent linemen in Indiana or Ohio for 2011.

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