Leonard Floyd spoke to the media on Wednesday at Halas Hall for the first time since January and he was no the bearer of great news.
Floyd, who suffered two concussions in 34 days his rookie season, faced a two month recovery time on his second concussion that happened versus the Redskins on Christmas Eve. After a collision with Akiem Hicks, Floyd hit the grass but somehow finished off the first quarter.
Concussions are a very serious and scary injury. There is so much protocol in place now in the NFL and football everywhere because it can severely effect your health. For Floyd, two concussions you first year in the NFL is not good. The Bears moved up in the draft to acquire the Georgia product. And a two month recovery process from a concussion puts an unsettling feeling in Bears fans everywhere.
“It took me two months to really feel like I was back to myself,” he said after Wednesday’s minicamp practice. “I was just at the house relaxing and getting my mind back together. And after those two months, I felt back the same.”
Floyd’s health is crucial as he heads into year two. The Bears front seven started to create an identity toward the end of last season. And with the additions of Jaye Howard and an increased role expected from Jonathan Bullard, the front seven could be one of the best in the NFL.
“You just don’t feel normal,” he said. “It’s the thinking part. You don’t think the same. I wasn’t thinking like I normally would think. And then I’d be staring off into space some time instead of paying attention.”
As a Bears fan, I’m worried. After a pretty good rookie season, Floyd looks to make a big jump headed into year two. He has done the right things to make himself a better player. He has put on weight, improved his tackling form and feels “way faster.” But two months, Floyd was instructed to take it easy until he was 100%. That is tough. Both for Floyd and the Bears. That is two months of not training, developing his game, and not feeling very good. A big negative.
So far, Floyd has had no setbacks in the Bears offseason program. He was absent for one day of OTA’s but the reason was not provided by the Bears.
This is definitely something to watch during the offseason. The worst thing would be for Floyd to at some point feel the way he did during those two months from December to late-February. His long term health is now a major concern and something that has to be monitored closely.
The Bears will complete their mandatory minicamp Thursday before taking some time off until reporting to training camp in Bourbonnais on July 26th.