Dave Dickenson shelved for rest of season
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Dave Dickenson will be sidelined the remainder of the season with post-concussion syndrome, putting his pro football career in doubt.
Dickenson, 35, confirmed Wednesday that he consented to being placed on the nine-game injured list following consultations with team doctors, who recommended he shut it down.
"Your body tells you certain things and, sooner or later, you better listen," Dickenson said.
Dickenson, who has a history of concussion problems, replaced injured starter Henry Burris (sprained toe) in the second quarter of Monday's 37-16 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos and showed no ill effects from the hits he absorbed.
But the former CFL MVP revealed Wednesday that he is experiencing post-concussion symptoms similar to those in the past, including last season when he played only five games.
"When you get certain things that arise when you really don't feel like you necessarily took a substantial hit, that is concerning," Dickenson said. "That is why they have advised me to take a step back.
"We watched the film and there is nothing that should have brought them on, but I know what is going on. Sometimes, your body just doesn't cooperate and this time, for me, it didn't."
Dickenson, one of the most efficient quarterbacks in CFL history, is in his second stint with the Stampeders, having rejoined them Jan. 31 as a free agent.
Asked if he planned to remain with the team, if only to impart his wisdom, Dickenson replied: "I have been pretty much in a coaching role for the first 8½ games, anyway. I plan on still trying to make an impact.
"Be a part of the team. The coaches are on board with that, as well."
Dickenson is a 73.9 per cent passer in the CFL, completing 1,635 of 2,241 passes for 22,913 yards and 154 touchdowns with 50 interceptions in 10 seasons with the British Columbia Lions and Stampeders, winning the Grey Cup in 1998 and 2006.
The Montana product was named the league's most outstanding player in 2000, and set the record for passing efficiency with a 118.8 rating in 2005.
He played in the NFL from 2001-02, suiting up for the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.
With files from the Canadian Press