Kitna Calls His Return ‘A Miracle'

Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said he shouldn't have played the rest of the game after suffering a concussion, but said his head cleared quickly and he was ready to return.

Jon Kitna can't believe he was able to come back from a concussion Sunday in the Lions' 20-17 overtime victory against Minnesota.

"It was a miracle," Kitna said. "I should not have played in the rest of the game. Yet, my head cleared up, and it went to a point where there was nothing. So it's almost as if it didn't happen."

Kitna left the game early in the second quarter. Coach Rod Marinelli said the medical staff called it a "very mild concussion." Kitna, who said he had three concussions in the past, said: "That was the worst my head's ever felt and the worst my memory was in the second quarter."

But Kitna said his symptoms cleared up by halftime, and the medical staff cleared him to return in the fourth quarter.

"They did everything they're supposed to do and really stayed on it even longer," Marinelli said. "Jon wanted to come back. They held him down until they were convinced and they felt good about it."

The medical staff examined Kitna again Monday morning, and Kitna said he had no symptoms.

"You guys will probably snicker and laugh and have a good time with this, but it's a miracle," Kitna said. "That's really what it is. You can call it whatever it is, whatever the official diagnosis of it, whatever it was. But I've never felt anything like that, and then for it to clear up and go right back to as normal as I can be, is nothing short of a miracle in my life. I just definitely feel the hand of God."


  • Running back Kevin Jones could play Sunday at Philadelphia. "I'm optimistic," coach Rod Marinelli said. "But I never want to tell you something I can't back up 100 percent. It kind of relies on him, how he's feeling, and he feels good. He says he feels pretty good. So we have a chance. We'll see this week as it goes." Jones hasn't played since Dec. 10 at Minnesota, when he suffered a Lisfranc injury — a tearing of the tissues that connect the bones in the middle of the foot. He had surgery on his left foot Dec. 13, rehabbed through the offseason and returned to practice two weeks ago. If Jones plays against the Eagles, his hometown team, he likely will play only about 15 to 20 snaps.

  • Dan Orlovsky is still suffering from turf toe, but even if he were healthy, the Lions' quarterback depth chart might not look different. Marinelli said the Lions were happy with the order — Kitna, J.T. O'Sullivan, then Orlovsky. What do the coaches see in O'Sullivan, who was up and down while Kitna was out Sunday? "I think if you evaluate every backup that goes in through the league, I don't know what the grade would be on them, either, because those guys do not get any reps in practice," Marinelli said. "He's extremely bright, and he knows the offense. ... He did throw some nice balls. He's got to do better, obviously, be more consistent. But he'll be fine."

  • TE Dan Campbell had an MRI on his injured elbow and the Lions are waiting for the results.

  • TE Sean McHugh picked up the slack for Campbell. He has 72 yards receiving through two games.

  • DT Cory Redding is playing through groin and elbow problems, but he had five tackles and a quarterback hurry Sunday.

  • K Jason Hanson could kick himself for missing a 48-yard field-goal attempt with 45 seconds left Sunday, but he nailed a 37-yarder to win it in overtime.

  • RB Brian Calhoun opened some eyes with his 17-yard run in overtime that set up the winning field goal. He looks like the Lions' two-minute back instead of Tatum Bell.

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