This Bears rookie learned very early about the dangers of concussions in the NFL.
Linebacker Leonard Floyd suffered two concussions in a five-week span during his rookie year with the Bears. He told the Chicago Sun-Times the head injuries changed the way he thought and felt.
"You just don’t feel normal. You know, it’s this thinking part, like you don’t think the same," Floyd said. "I wasn’t thinking like I normally would think. And then I’d be staring off in space sometimes instead of paying attention."
Following the season, the Bears told him to not to do any offseason team workouts until the symptoms of his concussions had gone away. Floyd was able to come back in February.
"It took me two months to really feel like I was back to myself," Floyd said. "I was just at the house, relaxing, getting my mind back together. After those two months, I felt back."
The linebacker suffered his first concussion on Nov. 20 against the Giants where he had to be carted off the field following a collision with a teammate on a tackle attempt. He was able to play the following week when doctors cleared him.
Floyd would get another concussion on Dec. 24 after another hit with a teammate. He then had to sit out for over two months.
The Bears blamed Leonard’s tackling technique — him hitting with the crown of his helmet going forward — for why he continued to get concussions. Leonard said he’s working on correcting his method and hopes to avoid getting more head injuries in the future.
“I definitely have to be aware because I don’t want to get another concussion and sit out games,” he said. “I have to make sure I play every game.”