Earlier this month, Dennis Erickson acknowledged that Steven Threet had yet to receive medical clearance from Arizona State doctors after suffering three concussions in 2010 and probably wouldn’t be available for spring practice.
As it turns out, the quarterback will be out a helluva lot longer than just spring ball.
According to Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, and citing an unnamed source, Threet is expected to retire from the game due to the effects of four concussions he suffered during his collegiate career. The source told Feldman that Threet is still dealing with post-concussion syndrome three months after playing his last game and has been forced to deal with constant headaches.
Any additional concussions could have a long-lasting impact on Threet’s quality of life away from football, necessitating the decision to step away from the game.
“Doctors have told him a fifth concussion could be debilitating,” said the source. “You don’t want to be 35 years old and can’t hold up a cup of coffee.”
With Threet’s decision to retire from football, the starting quarterback job, barring injury, will be Brock Osweiler‘s. Threet had started the first 11 games of the 2010 season, but it was Osweiler’s performance in relief of Threet for the final two games that had most feeling it was the former’s job to lose heading into spring.
Thanks to the multiple head injuries suffered by his competition, that is indeed the case.