Coby Fleener: Concussion symptoms “still there, unfortunately”

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When the Saints released tight end Coby Fleener early in May, head coach Sean Payton said that Fleener was still dealing with symptoms from the concussion that ended his 2017 season and nothing has changed over the last month.

Fleener spoke to Don Banks of The Athletic about where things stand and said that he’d still like to play during the 2018 season, but that the symptoms are “still there, unfortunately.” There’s no timetable for that to change and that leaves Fleener, who has been diagnosed with five concussions over the course of his career, unable to say he’ll be back on the field with confidence.

“Ummm. I don’t know,” Fleener said. “That’s a really hard question to answer, because, like I said, if you’d asked me a day or two after it happened, I would have said of course. But now I’m kind of taking it as the cliche’ goes, one day at a time. Tomorrow if I wake up and there are no symptoms, then we approach things differently.”

Fleener’s agent said he’s heard some interest in Fleener’s services pending clearance from the concussion protocol, although it remains anyone’s guess if that’s going to come in time for the 2018 season.

35 responses to “Coby Fleener: Concussion symptoms “still there, unfortunately”

  1. 5 concussions and he STILL hasn’t recovered from the last one 8 months ago? And he still contemplates playing?!?

  2. He was a bust in terms of living up to the production that comes with that sizeable contract he signed to bolt from the Colts! Regardless, I wish him well and a speedy recovery from the concussions.

  3. Retire.
    But DON’T blame these concussions on the NFL. Fleener cashed those paychecks and bonus checks. He ENTERED the NFL with a concussion history, therefore he KNEW the risks before signing his first contract yet he signed it willingly.
    So I don’t want to see him name on any concussion lawsuit against the NFL because the NFL isn’t at fault here. It’s like a bad driver buys a car, drives the car, wrecks, and sues the dealership and car manufacturer.

  4. If he isn’t on the road to immediate retirement, the NFL should not allow him to play.
    Is there a disability amount he would be eligible for? If so, how much?

  5. orangeraider says:
    June 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    If he isn’t on the road to immediate retirement, the NFL should not allow him to play.
    Is there a disability amount he would be eligible for? If so, how much?
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    The second they try to do that Florio and the union will scream collusion human rights violations and anything else they can jam into their argument.

  6. coby fleener is a big bum. and the colts will never win another super bowl….FOREVER!!!

    and tammy brady already wears diapers stubborndata, cause he’s a wittle whimp.

  7. Adam Kachur says:
    June 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    coby fleener is a big bum. and the colts will never win another super bowl….FOREVER!!!

    and tammy brady already wears diapers stubborndata, cause he’s a wittle whimp.

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    Kid

  8. orangeraider says:
    If he isn’t on the road to immediate retirement, the NFL should not allow him to play.
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    The NFL has a protocol in place already. As of this moment,… if he says he's still experiencing symptoms he is not eligible to be on an active roster.

  9. Uh I think the time for him to have walked away was after the one prior to this last one. Too late now, the damage is done whether he plays again or not.

  10. gcsuk says:
    June 24, 2018 at 9:03 am
    5 concussions and he STILL hasn’t recovered from the last one 8 months ago? And he still contemplates playing?!?

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    Baker Mayfield has had a minimum of 4 in just his College career including in back to back games and he was just drafted 1st overall, lots of football suffer numerous concussions. Actually most suffer atleast a few, its part of the game. Everyones different, some suffer multiple concussions and they go away quickly, others have a few and end up with lingering symptoms that last a year or longer like Fleeners go through now.

  11. Fleener needs to retire. Its going on a year from the time of his concussion and he still is not symptom free meaning he really rattled his brain likely deeply bruising it. The next one could be catastrophic and he likely is already developing CTE given what we know about Football Brain Injuries and CTE now. Fleener has made Millions , he would be wayyyyyyyy better off long term if he just walks away now. Losing your cognitive abilities or ending up with Dementia at age 45-50 isnt worth the money.

  12. Can’t speak to anyone else’s experiences with concussions, but I can say that the one severe one I received rocked my middle-aged world something fierce. The low point was around 16-18 months afterwards at which point, symptoms still mos’ definitely present, you start to despair that it’s never gonna be right again. By “it” I mean your BRAIN, I mean YOU. The way you respond and interact with the people around you… Your ability to process input…. Your mental stamina…. The consequences of mental fatigue…. see: symptoms, above…… Do it in a loop, be sure to add lots of anxiety.. Add the people around you acting weird because, well, you’re head-injury guy. Loop back through anxiety and broken brain-itude. Yeah, it’s just a peach. 🙂

    But! It gets better. If you let it. He should let it.

    He’s taking it seriously. Good. He should.

  13. stubborndata says:
    June 24, 2018 at 9:35 am
    tom brady will be wearing diapers by 2030
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    Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, will still be starting for the Patriots and beating your favorite team like a drum in 2030.

    #BookIt
    #NuffSaid
    #YouHeardItHereFirst
    #EveryOtherStupidCliché

  14. Players now have all the information about concussions. It is their choice now to continue playing. Can’t blame anyone else going forward.

  15. Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, will still be starting for the Patriots and beating your favorite team like a drum in 2030.
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    I’ll take that ridiculous bet. Tom will be 53 years old in 2030… but hey, you’re the guy who also “believes” he’s the greatest NFL player ever. Go figure.

  16. hawkkiller says:
    June 24, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Fleener needs to retire. Its going on a year from the time of his concussion and he still is not symptom free meaning he really rattled his brain likely deeply bruising it. The next one could be catastrophic and he likely is already developing CTE given what we know about Football Brain Injuries and CTE now. Fleener has made Millions , he would be wayyyyyyyy better off long term if he just walks away now. Losing your cognitive abilities or ending up with Dementia at age 45-50 isnt worth the money.
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    It’s his choice. Sidney Crosby missed almost an entire year and ppl seem to have forgotten pretty quickly.

    You’re right though, he’ll have a pension, he’ll get paid out by the saints, he’s made some good money.

  17. The Saints would not have released you if they believed you could still contribute without endangering your health. Time for a career change, buddy and good luck recovering from the concussions. You could be a prime candidate for CTE if you choos3e to continue down this path of destruction.

  18. I have to agree with people on this board who are suggesting he retire. The fact is after 5 concussions and not healing in a timely fashion, the chances of having a permanent disability are already highly elevated. Another one and it probably is guaranteed. For his own sake, he needs to walk away.

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