Greg McElroy Injury: Updates on Jets QB's Concussion

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the San Diego Chargers during the second half at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets announced that quarterback Mark Sanchez will start the team's final game of the season, replacing Greg McElroy, who will be sidelined with a concussion:

#RL Jets HC Rex Ryan has just announced: Greg McElroy has concussion, Mark Sanchez will start Jets' season finale @ BUF on Sunday.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 27, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:49 p.m. ET

Jets quarterback Greg McElroy is officially listed as inactive for Sunday's finale against Buffalo, according to Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger.

#Jets only have 6 inactives today: Greg McElroy CB Ellis Lankster LB Bryan Thomas C Caleb Schlauderaff TE Dustin Keller, Chaz Schilens #nyj

— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) December 30, 2012

Although it was already announced that McElroy would be jumped by Sanchez due to his concussion, there was still a chance he'd bump Tim Tebow back to third string. But now, it looks like we're one Sanchez injury away from Tebow Time. 

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McElroy struggled in his first career start last week. He accounted for just 210 yards of total offense with no touchdowns and two turnovers. There were no reports coming out of that game about a potential head injury, however.

The 2011 seventh-round pick was sacked 11 times by the San Diego Chargers. An early report from CBS Sports states McElroy didn't alert trainers about his concussion symptoms, which would explain the delayed prognosis:

Rex Ryan just said Greg McElroy has a concussion. Didn't tell trainers he had symptoms. Won't play Sunday. Mark sanchez will start. #Jets

— Jets RapidReports (@CBSJets) December 27, 2012

It's easy to see why McElroy wouldn't want to report the injury. The Jets were giving him a golden opportunity to close out the season as the starter, and he might not get another chance like that during his career.

The symptoms must have simply reached a point where he felt forced to reveal his status to the trainers. And with the NFL cracking down on players returning to the field with concussions, it's no surprise he's being held out of the finale.

Interestingly, the Jets decided to give Sanchez his starting spot back instead of giving the job to Tim Tebow. It's yet another sign of the strained relationship between the two sides.

Luckily for McElroy, he'll have the entire offseason to get back to full strength. It's unclear what role he'll play with the Jets moving forward. That will depend on what direction the team decides to go at quarterback.

Since his first start was hardly a memorable one, he'll likely return to reserve duty heading into next season. Things could always change if the team doesn't find a more attractive option via free agency or the draft, though.

Keep checking back for the latest updates on his status.