Coby Fleener wants to keep playing but only if brain injury heals

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Coby Fleener is running. He’s lifting weights. But doctors still haven’t cleared the tight end for football activities.

Fleener expects his brain injury to heal, but “we just don’t know when,” he said Thursday, via Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune.

The Saints released Fleener in May with a failed physical designation as he continues to recover from a concussion that prematurely ended his 2017 season. He still experiences dizziness and what he calls “head pressure,” symptoms he didn’t experience with his previous four concussions.

Fleener, 29, wants to keep playing and remains open to returning to the Saints. Other teams have inquired about his availability, too.

But until his symptoms heal, all Fleener can do is wait.

“I guess I’ve trained really hard to get to this point, and it would be not the ending that I would’ve written if it were up to me,” he said. “If I can end it differently on a high note, that would probably be ideal.”

11 responses to “Coby Fleener wants to keep playing but only if brain injury heals

  1. Let’s just hope that if he’s part of a NFL team its as a coach or scout…..he’d be stupid to risk further brain damage…

  2. The brain really does not do much healing. It’s not like a knee. The symptoms may lesson, but the damage has been done. Just hang it up. It’s not worth it.

  3. His brain is injured but he wants to continue playing football. He went to Stanford. He’s supposed to be smart.

  4. This concussion #5…probably 1 of many he has suffered from playing football….probably time to give playing football up & find a new career path….

  5. If he were smart he’d retire and walk away from the game. His latest concussion happened at the end of last year either in November or December, its now basically July with just 1 day left in June. For him to still be suffering from concussion symptoms indicates a pretty significant brain injury, he must of really bruised his brain. He needs to retire and hang them up.

  6. dr45acp says:
    June 28, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    This concussion #5…probably 1 of many he has suffered from playing football….probably time to give playing football up & find a new career path….
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    He might only have 5 documented concussions in the NFL but he has to of had more than 5 in his lifetime between his time @ Standford and in the NFL. Baker Mayfield has had a minimum of 4 concussions in College before CLV made him the 1st overall pick and he is still playing, given how bad his symptoms are I’d bet he has around 8-10 in his life. Kevin Kolb had a ton as well, his last concussion really jacked him up as he had concussion symptoms for over a year .

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