Chargers Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure on the flight home last Sunday after sustaining a concussion in a loss to the Jets, a person with knowledge of the situation said yesterday.
The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team doesn’t release specific injury details, said an ambulance met the team plane and Dielman was hospitalized overnight. The person said the seizure occurred during the plane’s descent into San Diego.
The 320-pound Dielman was staggered by the injury early in the fourth quarter but continued to play. The Chargers were out of offensive linemen because of other injuries.
Dielman, a four-time Pro Bowler known for his hard-nosed demeanor, declined to comment on the seizure. He did say he won’t play in Monday night’s game at Kansas City, “pretty much off of what I feel.’’ He said he has lingering headaches.
“It’s just one of those plays. I banged my head a little bit, and now I’ve got to deal with it,’’ Dielman said.
Dielman missed one game last year because a concussion. Coach Norv Turner said Dielman has yet to take the test he needs to pass before returning to practice. Dielman is scheduled to see a specialist today.
“You’ve got to tread lightly. We’ll take the proper precautions and see what happens,’’ Dielman said.
Owens report denied
A publicist for Terrell Owens says he “absolutely’’ did not attempt suicide or overdose on pills earlier this month.
In a statement, Diana Bianchini says an assistant arrived at Owens’s home in Los Angeles on Oct. 6 after he had taken a sleeping aid to fall asleep.
The assistant did not realize that, became concerned, and called 911. Bianchini says that when police arrived, Owens was responsive.
Bianchini says “reports released with the 911 call are misleading and not factual.’’
In 2006, Owens made headlines for what police initially considered a suicide attempt but later was classified as an “accidental overdose’’ on prescription medicine.
The 37-year-old free agent wide receiver has been rehabilitating a left knee injury that required surgery. He played 14 games for the Bengals last season, making 72 receptions with nine touchdowns.
He held a workout Tuesday that was watched by two television networks but no NFL teams.
Stafford looks good
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford worked with the first team at practice, a sign of progress after he hurt his ankle last weekend.
“He has improved,’’ coach Jim Schwartz said. “I think that he’s on a pretty good track right now.’’
Stafford was limited in practice Wednesday, but he looked comfortable a day later in the portion of the workout open to reporters. He hurt his right ankle late in last Sunday’s 23-16 loss to Atlanta, hobbling off the field after a fourth-down incompletion, but it was hard to tell how serious the injury was because the Lions never got the ball back.
Simms offers opinion
On Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,’’ Wednesday night, CBS analyst Phil Simms said there is “no way’’ that injured quarterback Peyton Manning would allow the Colts, who at 0-7 may be in position to do so, to draft Stanford star Andrew Luck next spring.
“There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health - I’m going to go on that assumption - that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck,’’ said Simms. “In this day and age, even with Peyton Manning, people would be crying, ‘We’ve got to see Andrew Luck.’ ’’
Co-host Cris Collinsworth disagreed: “I would draft Luck. I just don’t think you could take a chance on missing the next franchise quarterback.’’
Bears release Harris
The Bears released veteran safety Chris Harris, ending his second run with the team. Harris got beat for a touchdown pass and dropped an interception last Sunday against Tampa Bay. He had asked for a trade two weeks ago and was inactive against the Vikings Oct. 16 . . . Browns running back Peyton Hillis did not practice, one day after he returned from a strained left hamstring that kept him out of last Sunday’s game. Coach Pat Shurmur described Hillis as being a “little sore’’ and said the team will “back him down’’ as it prepares for Sunday’s game at San Francisco. Shurmur says he’s hopeful Hillis will play against the 49ers.