Safety Calvin Pryor has already been medically cleared to resume all football activities, much to the relief of fans everywhere. After suffering a concussion-like injury not too long ago, it’s great to see that he should be good to go in the future without any lingering effects. The New York Jets ultimately decided it’s in the best interests of both sides to sit Pryor for the upcoming preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Was it the right move by the team?
Pryor has always been known throughout his football career as a heavy-hitting defender who will level anything coming his way. While many will appreciate his aggression, some argue that you have to play smarter, not harder. Pryor now must adjust to picking his heavy hits wisely rather than putting his career at risk considering he has now had a head injury. Fans might be a bit upset that “Bonecrusher” won’t be suiting up against the Colts, but in the long run, it’s for the best. The last thing the team needs is to have Pryor risk further injury or something more severe.
The Jets were smart to keep Pryor out of the opener since if one really thinks about it, preseason football games are all meaningless compared to what awaits in the regular season. Everyone will see first-team squads do a few series and then it’s pretty much a showcase to see what aspiring players can earn a roster spot during weekly cuts. In the meantime, Pryor can take a step back, heal up and get ready to go live once the games start to matter in wins and losses.
It’s very good to see the Jets understood to not take a risk throwing in a future star for the sake of preseason football in August. If there’s one thing they have learned from how quarterback Mark Sanchez ended his tenure with the team, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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