NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - For Old Dominion University quarterback Taylor Heinicke, the team's bye week couldn't have come at a better time. ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder revealed the junior sustained a mild concussion sometime during his team's comeback 21-17 win over Liberty University on Saturday.
At his weekly press conference on Monday, Wilder says Heinicke called quarterbacks coach Ron Whitcomb sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 pm on Saturday, saying he felt ill. After speaking with Whitcomb and a few of the Monarchs' medical staff, Heinicke decided to go to the hospital.
He was diagnosed with a concussion, though was deemed mild. Assuming there are no setbacks, Heinicke should be ready to go when the team travels to Pittsburgh in less than two weeks. "(Taylor's) plan this week, which is the plan for everybody going into the bye week is just to recover, and try to recuperate," said Wilder on Monday.
"According to our medical staff, (Taylor will) be fine. He'll be fine throughout this week. He'll get himself back healthy, and hopefully if all goes well, he'll be fine for the Pittsburgh game."
Wilder added his team's policy on concussion-related injuries is no player will see the field if he is not 100% ready to go. Given that, Wilder believes Heinicke would have been ready to play, had Old Dominion been playing the Panthers this weekend.
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