The Browns put tight end Benjamin Watson on injured reserve following his third concussion of 2011. But Watson says he’s going to be fine in 2012.
“I’m great,” Watson told the Boston Herald. “Three or four days after the last incident, I felt normal. I passed all my cognitive tests. I didn’t have any headaches. I didn’t have any nausea. I didn’t have any dizziness.”
Watson suffered his final concussion of 2011 on the same Thursday night against the Steelers when teammate Colt McCoy was concussed, and although the Browns were widely criticized for their handling of McCoy, Watson said the team was cautious with his own concussions.
“With three games left, they just erred on the side of caution and decided to end the season for me,” Watson said. “You hate for that to happen, but that’s why the doctors are in place. As far as lingering symptoms, I didn’t have anything. I know some guys have headaches for weeks. That wasn’t my scenario, thankfully. So hopefully, it was just a bad-luck year.”
Still, when your luck is bad enough that you suffer three concussions in a year, it’s hard not to be a little concerned. Watson said that’s just the nature of playing tight end in the NFL.
“You’re talking about guys who are big and have to do a lot of stuff,” Watson said. “A tight end has to play a lot of different positions. And there’s a lot of contact at high speeds in the middle. We’re in a lot of vulnerable positions because of the routes that we run. And a lot of times when we catch the ball, we can’t see who’s coming. Then, couple that with having to block the big boys . . . I don’t know, it’s just a dangerously fun game.”