Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel was taken off the field on a stretcher Thursday night against Memphis after a hard hit to his upper body and his status to play against Miami next week remains undetermined.
Cincinnati's athletic department issued the following statement on Friday:
“University of Cincinnati junior quarterback Gunner Kiel traveled back to Cincinnati last night with the team following the game at Memphis. His X-rays were negative. Kiel remains under evaluation by the UC medical staff and his status for the Miami (Fla.) game on Thursday, Oct. 1 is undetermined at this time.”
With less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter, Kiel scrambled out of the pocket and ran forward for the first down on a third and 1. As he went to slide to the ground, he took a hit to his upper body from Memphis defensive back Chauncey Lanier.
The Bearcats later announced Kiel was under evaluation in Cincinnati's locker room, awake, moving all his limbs and able to communicate.
Redshirt freshman Hayden Moore replaced Kiel and finished the night 31-for-53 passing for 557 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Christopher Chavez