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Panthers' Hurst: Post-traumatic amnesia won't end my career

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Carolina Panthers tight end Hayden Hurst says he's working on coming back from post-traumatic amnesia caused by a concussion suffered in November.

"I appreciate everyone reaching out and checking on me," Hayden posted on social media Thursday. "I suffered a pretty nasty concussion against the Bears a few weeks ago and don't remember up to four hours after the game. Scary situation, but the Panthers have been incredible walking me through this process."

He added: "While it was scary, it is NOT career ending. I'm starting my return to play this week, so fingers crossed I make it back for the last few weeks! God Bless and Keep Pounding."

Hurst left the Nov. 9 contest to be evaluated for a concussion but re-entered the game. The Panthers placed him in protocol the following day.

The 30-year-old missed the last three contests due to the injury. Interim head coach Chris Tabor said Wednesday that Hurst is "progressing" through protocol but didn't provide a timetable for his return, per David Newton of ESPN.

Post-traumatic amnesia can develop after a head injury. People suffering from it can become confused because they'll struggle to remember where they are or what happened since the ailment.

Hurst signed a three-year, $21.75-million contract with the Panthers in March. The 2018 first-round pick has 32 catches for 184 yards and one touchdown this season.

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