Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes passed a battery of neurological tests mandated by the NFL for players who suffer a concussion and has been cleared to play in Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Raheem Morris said Thursday.
Hayes was injured in the third quarter of the Bucs' 16-13 win over Atlanta Sunday making a tackle of Falcons running back Michael Turner. Safety Cody Grimm suffered a season-ending knee injury on the same play when it appeared his knee struck Hayes' helmet.
"He cleared today,'' Morris said of Hayes "He went through all the battery of tests. He's a clear man and they're going to let him play.''
Meanwhile, linebacker Quincy Black, who missed Sunday's game with at ankle injury suffered in the first half at Minnesota Sept. 18, returned to practice Thursday. Morris said rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster will continue to play on nickel passing downs and wear the helmet transmitter. But Morris indicated Black and Hayes will battle to stay on the field at weakside linebacker during passing downs.
"Quincy Black practiced today. He went out, moved around in the base (strong side linebacker) position,'' Morris said. "He got a chance to get a couple (weakside linebacker) reps. Mason did the nickel (middle linebacker) stuff, we got a chance to see both of those guys out there today.''