THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams say defensive end Robert Quinn is in stable condition after checking himself into a hospital with an illness that’s unrelated to football.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that Quinn is still undergoing tests but “things look encouraging” after speaking to him and his wife, Christina. Fisher did not provide details about the nature of Quinn’s medical issue.
“He is feeling much better,” Fisher said. “He kept saying to me over and over, ‘Coach, I just want to get back and get my body right and get on the practice field as fast as I can.'”
The sixth-year pro from North Carolina and 2011 first-round draft pick has two sacks this season along with two forced fumbles, giving him an NFL-best 19 since 2013.
He has been with the Rams for his entire NFL career, emerging as a key starter and the top pass-rusher on their vaunted defensive line. He played in the Rams’ 9-6 road victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Quinn, 26, underwent back surgery last December and spent much of the offseason recuperating. He has started six of the Rams’ nine games this season while overcoming a series of minor injuries.
Quinn was diagnosed with a tumor below his brain while in high school. The tumor has caused headaches when it isn’t properly drained, but Quinn has said the tumor is checked regularly.
Along with his standout play, Quinn has made headlines this season for his decision to raise a fist during the national anthem before every game. Following the lead of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Quinn called it a silent protest against police brutality and other racial injustices.
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