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.comWe 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.