Cortland, NY---Port St. Joe native Calvin Pryor is back on the football field as he continues to work through a concussion he suffered last Saturday up at Jets Training Camp in Cortland.
The local rookie safety returned to the practice field up in Cortland Thursday, but has been cleared for only physical activity, not full contact.
Calvin and the team are following the NFL's protocol for this injury which requires "a gradual return to practice and play."
Pryor spoke to the media for the first time since he picked up what he says is the first concussion in his life, saying both he and the Jets want Pryor to take things slow as he returns to playing at full speed.
"Of course I want to be out there with my teammates, because I want to get as many reps as possible, and you know, earn the respect of my teammates, but my health right now is a big issue so I can't rush back," says Pryor. "I'm getting my mental reps, I'm going to the meetings with the team, and going over the mistakes they make in practice, so I'm always there from a mental standpoint, but just physically, I can't be out there right now."
The 18th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the former Port St. Joe Shark added that when the injury happened, he didn't think it was that serious.
He was moved to a personal dorm room and has been suffering through headaches and has had trouble sleeping, yet he's feeling better by the day.