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Chiefs’ rookie offensive tackle Eric Fisher had to leave the win over the New York Giants with an apparent mild concussion.
Concussions are no small deal, especially in the NFL today, so watching the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft leave the game with one certainly wasn’t a good sight for Chiefs Kingdom.
With that being said, the silver lining here is that it was only a mild concussion, and head coach Andy Reid seems to think everything will be okay for the young offensive tackle. In his opinion, Fisher didn’t take a hit directly to the head, which is good. Here’s what he had to say via his Monday press conference, courtesy of KCChiefs.com:
"“I think when you look at it, he really hit more of the shoulder area than the head, which I think is a positive. That’s why when I said, I mean I’m not a doctor, I don’t evaluate these things, but he didn’t take that direct blow, that big blow to the head, which I think is a good thing for him. That’s the most important thing. When you start dealing with those, you’re not talking about the team here; the kid is a person and not only now, but down the road. I think that that will end up being a plus for him as he’s going forward. That’s all I can tell you there; then, it’s up to the doctors from there.”"
As Reid said, it’s worth nothing that he’s not a doctor, so don’t take this as a solid injury report on the Chiefs’ rookie offensive tackle. This will come down to Fisher passing concussion tests and being cleared by an independent doctor, so #72 isn’t out of the woods just yet.
The good news is, his coach seems rather optimistic, and Reid’s been around the game long enough to at least get a feel for the severity of injuries.
Hopefully we’ll see Fisher out on the field sooner rather than later.