Originally written October 08, 2012 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The day after the Eric Wintson storm in which he ripped Chiefs fans for seemingly cheering quarterback Matt Cassel getting hurt unveiled some new angles to the controversy.

Some videos from fans circulated the web suggesting that the timing of the cheers occurred more after Cassel was helped to his feet and walked to the sideline. The cheers also got louder as wide receiver Dwayne Bowe waved his arms and urged the fans to cheer, apparently in support of backup quarterback Brady Quinn entering the game.

Even Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel agreed it was unlikely that 70,000 Chiefs fans were cheering Cassel's injury.

Meanwhile, Crennel also confirmed that Cassel indeed suffered a concussion from a hard hit in the second half of the Chiefs' 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and that he would be evaluated under the NFL's protocol for treating concussion injuries.

Crennel would not rule Cassel out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, but it seems likely that Quinn will make his first start for the Chiefs.

The hotter topic at Monday's press conference with Crennel remained Winston's ripping of Chiefs fans.

After Sunday's game, Winston suggested he had heard 70,000 fans cheering Cassel getting hurt, and told the media, "....when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I dont care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel, its sickening. Its 100 percent sickening. Ive been in some rough times on some rough teams. Ive never been so embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there."

But fans took to the sports-radio airwaves Monday and to Twitter and disputed Winston's claim that 70,000 fans were cheering Cassel's injury.

"For one thing, it was the fourth quarter at Arrowhead," one caller to WHB in Kansas City said, "so do you really think there were even 70,000 people still around?"

And Crennel doubted that figure as well.

"I don't think (Winston) really meant 70,000," Crennel said at Monday's press conference. "If there was cheering....I know 70,000 fans weren't cheering for him getting hurt. From my experience, the fans here...this is a great fan base. Are they frustrated? Sure. I'm frustrated, too."

Crennel, though, said he isn't sure he heard any cheering.

"But my focus isn't on that," he said. "When one of my players gets hurt, my focus is on that player. I really couldn't tell if there was cheering or not. I'm trying to look after the health of my player and to get the backup, in this case Brady Quinn, ready for the game."

Crennel also said he didn't hear Winston's comments after Sunday's game but defended him for standing up for his quarterback.

"Eric has been around the league for awhile," Crennel said. "He has some pride and some strong feelings for his teammates. If they get hurt, he's going to stand up for them. He's a guy who's seen a lot in this league."

Winston backed off his Sunday claim that all 70,000 Chiefs fans were cheering Cassel's injury.

"I didnt mean all 70,000 (fans) were cheering," Winston said Monday. "It might have been 7,000. It might have been 700. Its still too many."

But Winston's remarks after the game drew a harsh response, even from former Chiefs offensive lineman Rich Baldinger, who said Winston owed Kansas City fans an apology.

Baldinger said on local television station KCTV, "You cannot lump together everyone with a few you know what, jerks. Lets not put all these Kansas City fans together."

As for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, it would appear Quinn is likely to be the starter, though Crennel wouldn't rule Cassel out.

"Not totally," Crennel said. "But the league has an emphasis on how we handle concussions. We will do our due diligence and not rush him back."

Quinn likely will get the majority of reps in practice this week, making it harder for Cassel, even if he is cleared, to be ready for Sunday's game.

"It will all depend on what the doctors tell him he can do and at what point," Crennel said. "If he can't do anything at all at practice, it will be hard-pressed for him to go on Sunday."

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'


Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.