Jets' Pryor returns to practice, could play in preseason opener

by Aug 4, 6:52 PM

New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor was medically cleared to return to practice Monday after suffering a concussion nine days ago, per ESPN. Pryor took part in non-contact drills late last week, but Monday was the first day he was able to fully participate since the concussion.

There was concern last week that Pryor would be unavailable for the Jets' preseason opener Thursday, though head coach Rex Ryan seems optimistic that Pryor can get a least a little work in. 

"If he's cleared and he feels good, and he's not at risk, we'll throw him out there some," Ryan said. "It might not be with the [starters], but he needs to get work. As soon as he's ready to go, we'll put him out there."

Pryor said he was a little rusty after missing five practices and an intrasquad scrimmage, but felt no lasting effects from the concussion during his return to contact.

"I wasn't having any symptoms today," Pryor said. "I did a little evaluation on the side, with a little contact, myself and [head trainer] John Mellody. He cleared me to go."

The 18th overall pick in this year's draft, Pryor is expected to start immediately for New York. While the Jets would be wise not to rush him back from a concussion, getting Pryor in the lineup for the preseason as soon as possible is important so that he can be fully prepared for when the games really start to count.

Aug 5, 2:10 PM

Jets' Pryor will not play in preseason opener

by Aug 5, 2:10 PM
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New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor was cleared for contact on Monday, but is not ready to suit up in a game situation. 

Pryor suffered a concussion at the beginning of training camp, and head coach Rex Ryan has decided to hold him out of the opening preseason game as a precaution. 

Ryan told that he had debated letting the rookie first-round pick play.

He is physically ready to play, but I don’t anticipate playing him in this preseason game. He missed a lot of work. We’ll get him back and get him up to speed for the next one. We kind of waited this long, too. Let’s just get him a fresh start, make sure everything is good. I think that’ll be good for him. I was debating: Hey, do we throw him in there? At the end of the day, let’s just take the cautious approach and give him a couple days and let him have at it next week.

Pryor missed five practices due to the injury, and the team has another six practices between Thursday's opener and their next preseason game. 

Feature photo courtesy of Rich Barnes / USA TODAY Sports

Jul 31, 3:22 PM

Jets' 1st-rounder Pryor back, but limited

by Jul 31, 3:22 PM

CORTLAND, N.Y. - New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor, the team's first-round draft pick, has returned to practice on a limited basis as he recovers from a concussion.

Pryor wore a red, no-contact jersey Thursday during positional drills after being cleared for physical activity by team doctors. He still has yet to be cleared for physical contact as he goes through the NFL's protocol for head injuries.

Once Pryor is cleared for contact, he will be able to take part in team drills.

The No. 18 overall pick out of Louisville was injured Saturday during a kickoff and sat out the past three practices.

Cornerback Dexter McDougle, a third-round pick, left practice early with a strained groin.

Jul 29, 4:46 PM

Jets' Pryor sits out with concussion, Amaro limited at practice

by Jul 29, 4:46 PM

New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor sat out practice while he recovers from a concussion, although coach Rex Ryan says the first-round pick is ''making strides.''

Pryor was hurt during a kickoff return Saturday and is going through the NFL-mandated protocol on head injuries. He must be cleared before he can return to practice. Pryor was on the field Tuesday and stretched before practice, and then worked with trainers.

Second-rounder Jace Amaro was limited. The tight end tweaked his right knee, which has tendinitis, Sunday and practiced briefly Tuesday before spending the rest of practice on the sideline.

Also among those who didn't finish practice were: wide receiver David Nelson (groin), running backs Bilal Powell (hamstring) and Alex Green (chest), cornerback Ras-I Dowling (foot) and tight end Colin Anderson (thumb).

Jul 28, 10:41 AM

Rex Ryan confirms Calvin Pryor is suffering from a concussion

by Jul 28, 10:41 AM

The New York Jets will be without safety Calvin Pryor for an unspecified amount of time after head coach Rex Ryan confirmed the extent of the rookie's injury.

Pryor, drafted by the Jets with the 18th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was forced to leave Saturday's practice after a collision during a special teams drill.

“It was actually a punt protection thing,” Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. “He was the personal protector. He came in there, had a good collision.

The degree to which he was injured was not immediately known, and Pryor even indicated on Twitter the injury wasn't serious.

Pryor will have to go through the league-mandated concussion protocol before he's cleared to practice again.

Jul 26, 1:37 PM

Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor suffers possible concussion

by Jul 26, 1:37 PM

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan revealed that rookie safety Calvin Pryor suffered a head injury at training camp Saturday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports

Ryan indicated the injury could be a concussion. 

Pryor was the Jets' first-round pick in May's draft. He was known as a big-hitting enforcer in college, so perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that he's already nicked up. 

For now, the injury isn't believed to be anything serious (though concussions are never a truly minor matter). The Jets will surely exercise care with their prized acquisition and only allow him back on the field when he's fully cleared.