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Shock QB Meyer plans to return this year

Fifteen days later, Spokane Shock quarterback Erik Meyer was still feeling the effects from a hit that knocked him out of the Arena Football League season opener.

Meyer was drilled by Iowa linebacker John Mohring, who was flagged and ejected for the helmet-to-helmet blow. Meyer, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, suffered a concussion and is also bothered by neck and back issues from the hit.

Meyer said Tuesday he’s making progress and expects to play again this season, which he hopes comes after he completes a mandatory four-week stint on IR.

“My whole body felt it,” Meyer said. “I’m definitely getting better. My goal is to get healthy and take it from there. I’ve got four weeks and in four weeks I expect to be back.”

Meyer watched a replay of the hit on YouTube. Mohring, who was suspended by the AFL for three weeks, has not attempted to contact Meyer.

“It’s probably the hardest I’ve ever been hit,” Meyer said.

Meyer suffered a concussion last season. The former Eastern Washington Eagle recalled being knocked out of a college game, but he returned the following week. He doesn’t consider his latest concussion a career-threatening injury.

“I think his lower back is what’s bothering him the most,” head coach Andy Olson said. “None of the Rockwood (Clinic) people have told us that it’s (career threatening). We’re hearing he’ll be back. We just don’t know when.”