For most of the players in the NFL, the first day of padded practice is a time to rejoice. It is a time for real hitting to begin. One individual who relishes the opportunity to make the big hits is New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor. Unfortunately for Pryor, his day ended abruptly before anyone got a chance to see the Louisville Slugger go to work.
The New York Jets #1 draft pick suffered a head injury on Saturday in the first pads practice of the offseason. The injury occurred while in punt protection, derailing the rest of Pryor’s day. Pryor was held out the rest of practice and sent for testing and evaluations, before coming back to the practice field in street clothes.
Rex Ryan later stated “Obviously when those things happen you are going to side on being cautious. So that’s what we’re going to do. Whether it’s a concussion or not, we will see how it progresses.”
This injury marks the first major speed bump the New York Jets have faced this offseason. Until Pryor is cleared to take the field again and has passed all of the concussion protocol tests, safeties Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen will receive most of the first team reps.
Although Pryor is only a rookie, he figures to have a major role on a stout New York Jets defense in the upcoming season. The New York Jets are hoping Calvin Pryor can make a speedy recovery and is cleared to practice with the team before the first preseason game August 7th vs Indianapolis.
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