Calvin Pryor with Roger Goodell

Pryor treated for concussion

The Jets’ first-round pick, safety Calvin Pryor, was treated for a concussion. The concussion came during a special team drill on Saturday and he is now subject to league concussion protocols (NY Daily News, July 27).

“Pryor now will go through the protocol, so it is a concussion,” head coach Rex Ryan told reporters. “Apparently it was on a kick when we were doing a kick return drill and he was blocking and the returner kind of got knocked into him and kind of just hit him right. It’s one of those things. One of those heavyweights hit you in the chin, the lights go out I guess.”

Pryor tweeted “I’m fine everyone, no worries.”

He also posted a photo on Instagram late Sunday with the caption “Minor setback… no concussion & I’ll be back in no time.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We are very glad that Pryor is taking a positive approach to his injury and getting back on the field but the fact that he is essentially denying that he has a concussion is a little concerning.  Pryor was nowhere to be seen during the entirety of practice Sunday, a fact that aligns with his injury.

Rex very clearly stated yesterday to the media that Pryor did in fact have a concussion.  From a posturing standpoint, we get why Pryor would want to downplay the situation; Pryor might not have a history of concussions but high speed collisions are effectively a job requirement.

We’re glad that the Jets caught it and are doing the right things.  But it is understandable that seeing him suffer such an injury during the early part of his first practice in pads during camp is a little concerning.




27 comments
nickballs
nickballs

hope this isnt a sign of things to come....just a one off , random injury.

BDarc23
BDarc23

Injuries are going to happen all year...same as every year for every team.  There is a lot of luck involved as some years teams just seem to get hit harder.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Brian Bassett:

".......the fact that he (Pryor) is essentially denying that he has a concussion is a little concerning." 

Know what Brian? The fact that you are so honest and objective in your reporting is what separates you from MOST reporting on this sport and what keeps me glued to your Blog.

Again, Thank You !!!

jets4life
jets4life

I don't see why they have him in as the punt protector on special teams anyway. He is your first round pick and a day one starter on defense.  He delivers the hits usually doesn't block very much.  Take him off special teams and just have him play defense.  Its only one concussion so its not that concerning but could have been avoided. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

The NFL now has its antenna up re: concussions, so they might give him even more rest than needed hoping it's minor.

I still hope he's our Ronnie Lott.

D'Apostraphe Lewis
D'Apostraphe Lewis

So what's the bottom line -- he'll miss a few practices? I suppose the real concern is that it becomes a recurring issue.


Did he have any concussions in college?

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples This is something a lot of players do. They think they're fine or don't agree that they're concussed. It's why the league had to get more strict about this stuff so guys were no longer allowed to examine themselves and wander back out onto the field with their bell rung. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jets4life Well for starters he wasn't hurt as the punt protector, he was hurt on kickoff return. 


And second, top-level starters play STs all over the league. You can't simply throw random bozos on the field for STs and expect an elite unit. Go look at Seattle or NE and tell me that they don't have some of their best players on those units. 


The Jets need to put talented players on the field for STs if they want to stop being a sub-par STs unit. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

I you eagerness to support this guy  you have failed to see two things:

1) He was taken off the field and examined for a specific medical (head trauma) concern and he, and every one, knew it !!

2)This type of injury is frightening to everyone specially the player and I'm sure he was told immediately that he was being EVALUATED for a concussion and he, AT LEAST, KNEW it was serious!!!

jets4life
jets4life

@Brendan @jets4life Yes top level starters to play st's but he is a rookie and I don't think that he needed to be in there.  Also I think the Jets drafted and put an emphasis on making the st's better this offseason. The personal is much better this year.   Look what happened to gronk on st's, I think putting some good players in there is one thing but players that are supposed to be starters and one day very important players is something else. Just wonder, did he ever play st in college?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan @jets4life 

Can't believe I'm saying this but, you are absolutely correct ...and top level starters DO play ST all over the league , as well they should!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples I'm not exactly defending him, I'm supporting the stringent rules regarding concussions because Pryor, like many players before him (and likely many players after him), thinks he's a super human, that he "feels fine" and if that's the case there can't be anything wrong with them. Pryor is just one of dozens (probably hundreds) of guys who are wired this way that have passed through an NFL locker room. 


As someone who has had multiple concussions, I can tell you that they're not always frightening. You can have a concussion where you don't lose consciousness, don't have blurry vision or headaches, you feel perfectly fine, but you're concussed nonetheless. If I had to guess, that's the type that Pryor suffered, which is why he was ready to come right back. It's a good sign that the team held him out despite that, it shows they're not going to let a player dictate their health. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jets4life So you agree that talent is necessary on STs, but not him? Why not? He's a missile on the field and if his speed is an asset while he works in with a 3-man rotation at safety, why not maximize his time on the field via specials? Until he's a bonafide every-down safety (which in reality will probably take a little time), the team looking for other ways for him to help out the cause is a good thing. 


In college he played specials and was a standout in that regard. Most of his scouting reports noted that he was constantly making the tackle on coverage units. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

" You can have a concussion where you don't lose consciousness, don't have blurry vision or headaches, you feel perfectly fine"

Brendan, Brendan, Brendan.....If you felt perfectly fine (and as you say,) with no signs of injury, then why in hell would you be taken off the field to be medically examined ??


You're doing it again Brendan !!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples 


"If you felt perfectly fine (and as you say,) with no signs of injury, then why in hell would you be taken off the field to be medically examined ??"


Because, as I stated, you can still be concussed. This is, quite literally, one of the pillars of the concussion issue the NFL is facing. There have been countless instances where guys took a hit, were concussed, showed little-to-no sign of it in a quick sideline test and were put back into a game to get further brain injury. The team is being cautious, and with all that we now know about concussions, you 100% play it safe with a player's health. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

Regardless of how the player feels thjat fact is the league has a protocol of a 

"six-item checklist outlining findings that necessitate a player's immediate removal from the game"

Pryor HAD to exhibit something to be removed from the game or EVERY player would be removed during the game !!!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples "Pryor HAD to exhibit something to be removed from the game or EVERY player would be removed during the game !!! "


....which he did? They didn't just randomly select people to get tested, he got up slow on the play so the trainers went to check him out. They quickly diagnosed that he got dinged and went through that protocol. Not sure what you're arguing, I think you're agreeing with me without realizing it. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

"Not sure what you're arguing,...."

I'm NOT arguing with you....in fact you are the one who seemed to find some inaccuracy in my comment to Bassett!!

But, like Bassett said and I agree with him,  this kid KNEW he had a possible concussion right on the field and it could've been serious, which he did have and he denied it !!!!!!

 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Who cares? The team didn't deny it and they accurately diagnosed him.