New York Jets receiver Chris Owusu only returned to the gridiron in week seven after a three-game absence with a knee injury, but the 25-year old wideout is now facing up to more time on the sideline.
And this time there may well be serious questions asked about whether he will, or indeed should, return to the game at all.
That's after Jets head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Owusu is in concussion protocol this week - his second time in the process in three months, and the fifth concussion of his young football career.
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“He felt it after the game and we checked him out,” Newsday reports Bowles as saying.
“Anybody that’s had that many, you’ve got to have some concern for. We’re just going to monitor and see how it goes, but that’s very concerning.”
Considering the dangers now associated with head injuries in the NFL, the regularity with which Owusu has suffered concussions could mean he is forced to ask himself some serious questions in order to protect his long-term health.
After three concussions in his college career, including one so bad he had to leave the stadium in an ambulance, and now two instances already this season, all possibilities must be considered.
Making the issue more worrying, is the fact that the Jets are unsure just when Owusu's latest concussion occurred during Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Hopefully Owusu is given the medically all clear in the coming days and weeks, but, considering his past, medical staff are likely to take more caution than in some other cases.
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