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Stanford wideout Owusu medically cleared after college concussions

Chris Owusu, Johnny Williams AP

Stanford wideout/return specialist Chris Owusu entered his senior season with second-day draft grades from NFL scouts, but suffered two concussions in 2011 and did not play in Stanford’s final four games. He suffered a previous concussion late in his junior year.

Owusu’s agent, Steve Caric of Caric Sports Management, revealed to PFT on Thursday that Owusu has been medically cleared to continue his football career. Owusu received a Combine invite and will participate fully with the wide receiver group in Indianapolis.

Per Caric, Owusu has been symptom free since November 6 of 2011, one day after his last concussion. A doctor with the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee has diagnosed Owusu as “perfectly normal” and cleared Owusu “to play football now.” The doctor also determined that Owusu is not at greater risk of concussions due to his history.

Owusu was Andrew Luck’s top wide receiver in 2010. He averaged over 15 yards per reception in his career and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. At 6-foot and about 200 pounds, Owusu is expected to run a forty time in the 4.3s at the Combine.

NFL teams, of course, will likely look at precedent in these kinds of cases. Like Owusu, Lions tailback Jahvid Best missed the final four games of his college career with a concussion. Best suffered two more concussions in 2011, one during the preseason and the second in Week Six. Best’s season was over.

A healthy Owusu is a top seven or eight receiver in the 2012 draft whose game-breaking return ability could conceivably push him into the top five. Receiving medical clearance from the NFL is the first step toward rehabbing his draft stock.

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6 Responses to “Stanford wideout Owusu medically cleared after college concussions”
  1. jpb12 says: Feb 9, 2012 2:55 PM

    Some guys are destined to play in the NF and some guys aren’t.

    Thankfully he has a degree from Stanford.

  2. nineroutsider says: Feb 9, 2012 3:03 PM

    Hopefully he falls to the 9ers, seen him play a lot and think he has a great shot at being a quality pro.

  3. 2sausage11 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:24 PM

    He has some upside but the concussions might
    make him a late round pick.

  4. missouriman4ever says: Feb 9, 2012 3:53 PM

    It wont matter. He’s the next Jahvid Best. A lot of people have probably already taken him off their draft boards. Sad, but true.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:25 PM

    “Stanford wideout Owusu medically cleared after college concussions.”

    Someone will start a lawsuit against colleges….

  6. johnnysloppenstein says: Feb 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    Saw this over at fetchheadlines.com and I’m already feeling sorry for the kid.

    “The doctor also determined that Owusu is not at greater risk of concussions due to his history.”

    Uh-huh…and how much does “the doctor” get paid to make such determinations? Some people are concussion prone, and that’s all there is to it. I wish him the best of luck, but nobody on the field gets hit harder than a “wideout/return specialist.” I give him 2-3 years. Hopefully he gets out without serious brain trauma.

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