Over the last couple of seasons, concussions have come to the forefront of the consciousness in the NFL as we continue to learn more about what kind of long-term effects they have on the players who suffer them.
One such player is Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Clint Session, who recently revealed that he is still suffering from the symptoms of a pair of concussions he sustained in a game against the Cleveland Browns last season.
Session said that he hid the first concussion he suffered in that game from the Jaguars training staff because he wanted to continue playing, but they may have amplified the effects of the second concussion he suffered later in the game. It may very well be the reason why Session is still suffering from concussion symptoms eight months later.
All told, Session suffered three concussions last season before the Jaguars decided to place him on the injured reserve list. Now, the Jaguars do not know if or when they will get Session back on the field.
If Session could never play football again, it would be a tough pill to swallow for the Jaguars who just signed him to a five-year, $29 million contract last offseason with $11.5 million in guaranteed money.
However, the Jaguars and Session believe he will be able to return to the field at some point this season.
In the meantime, the Jaguars will continue to lean on reserve linebacker Russell Allen to fill in during Session’s absence. Allen played extremely well last season when called upon to fill the void left by Session.
The Jaguars also used a fifth-round pick on linebacker Brandon Marshall in this year’s NFL Draft to help add some depth at the position in the case that Session’s absence is longer then they expect.