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Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor -- the team's first round pick -- left Saturday's practice after sustaining a head injury (Star-Ledger, July 26th).

Pryor, known as a big-hitting safety, is being evaluated for a concussion. Pryor is competing for playing time at safety. Head coach Rex Ryan addressed Pryor's absence.

“You know the new protocol is that if we know there is a concussion, you guys will know about it immediately,” Ryan told reporters via the Star-Ledger. “So don’t think we’re covering something up. As of right now, we don’t know if it’s a concussion or not. But it was a head injury, and obviously, when those things happen, you’re always going to side on being cautious. So that’s what we’re doing. Whether it’s a concussion or not, I’m not sure. We’ll see how that progresses.”

It's an unfortunate way for Pryor to begin his career as a Jet on the team's first day of full pads.  We'll have to wait and see what Rex tells us in the coming days about Pryor's readiness to return.

If Pryor is found to not have a concussion, then his timetable to return to the field might be rather quick.  If Pryor is found to have sustained a concussion, then it might be a prolonged period before he can return to the field ... not days, but week or weeks.

That would be bad news for a rookie who needs this vital time in training camp to continue to immerse himself in the defense on the field.  It also means that the Jets best coverage safety might not be able to get as many reps as possible.

We'll hope for the best, but the one thing that I would say is that Jaiquawn Jarrett has had a good few days of practice and is doing a solid job in coverage and around the line.  Look to see if his name doesn't start to come up more with Pryor sidelined indefinitely.

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