After a tremendous rookie season in 2013, Calvin Pryor should become one of the consistent figures in the New York Jets secondary for the next few years to come. However, he suffered a little setback in practice on Saturday as Pryor suffered a head injury during the special teams portion of the session.
Following the Saturday practice, head coach Rex Ryan could not confirm just how serious the injury is at this point.
“You know the new protocol is that if we know there is a concussion, you guys will know about it immediately,” Ryan told reporters. “So don’t think we’re covering something up. As of right now, we don’t know if it’s a concussion or not. But it was a head injury, and obviously, when those things happen, you’re always going to side on being cautious. So that’s what we’re doing. Whether it’s a concussion or not, I’m not sure. We’ll see how that progresses.”
Pryor was serving as a protector for the punter during the drill, and Ryan was also asked why such a valuable hand like Pryor was even in that position to begin with.
“I just know (Pryor) will be playing an awful lot (on defense), whether he’s a starter or whatever,” Ryan said. “He is going to play a bunch, and not just on defense. He’ll play on special teams, as will Landry, Antonio Allen, all of our guys. I’d like to be a dominant special teams unit as well. We’re going to put great players on those units, and Calvin certainly will be on that. And again, obviously he will have a big impact on our defense.”
Hopefully for the Jets and Ryan, this doesn’t turn out to be a concussion for one of their brightest young stars.