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Calvin Pryor Injury: Updates on Jets Safety's Concussion and Return

Jul 24, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets free safety Calvin Pryor (25) walks out to the field prior to the start of training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2014

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5

Rex Ryan updated Calvin Pryor's status with the first preseason game approaching (via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News):

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Brian Costello of the New York Post reports Calvin Pryor's status for today's practice:

 

Updates from Thursday, July 31

Darryl Slater of the Star-Ledger provides an update on Calvin Pryor's status:

He’s a little ways behind, but he has time to catch up," said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. "He was doing well prior, too, before we got the pads on. We expect him to come back. He’s been paying attention in meetings, but it has to transfer to the field. We expect him to be a pretty integral part of the defense."

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Pryor’s action Thursday was limited to position drills. He broke up a pass in a drill pitting wide receivers against defensive backs.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said after practice that Pryor has been cleared for physical activity, but not yet for contact.

Slater previously revealed more on Pryor:

 

Original Text

Rookie safety Calvin Pryor will be out indefinitely from New York Jets training camp after suffering a concussion.

Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reported the news Sunday:

Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger reported Saturday that the first-round draft pick was carted off the field with a head injury. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Pryor went down during a kick return:

Ryan didn't give a timetable for Pryor's return, simply saying that he's leaving Pryor in the medical staff's hands and letting them make the decision, per Kimberly Jones of NFL.com:

He added that the team is taking the situation very seriously, via Dennis Waszak Jr. of The Associated Press:

The tricky part with concussions is that every athlete responds differently. Still, there's no denying the seriousness of head injuries, so there's no doubt the team will be extremely cautious moving forward.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 16: Safety Calvin Pryor #35 of the New York Jets looks on during the first day of rookie minicamp on May 16, 2014 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The good news for both Pryor and the Jets is that he'll have plenty of time to recover before needing to get back on the field again. Missing out on some training camp will hinder his development a bit but shouldn't radically alter his place on the depth chart. Waszak says Pryor is "a likely starter for the Jets opposite either Dawan Landry or Antonio Allen."

The only doubt at this point is whether this concussion scare will rein in Pryor's big-hitting style.

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