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Bears LB Leonard Floyd on concussion: 'You don't think the same'

15 Juin 2017

He sat at home in a fog.

"You just don't feel normal", he said. "You know, it's this thinking part, like you don't think the same". "I think I'm way faster [than what I showed on film last year]. And then I'd be staring off into space some time instead of paying attention".

Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd suffered two concussions during his rookie season, and detailed the long road back in recovery.

Floyd says, "It took me two months to really feel like I was back to myself. And after those 2 months, I felt back the same".

Floyd said he took no offense to Fangio's comments, and admitted that he left too many plays on the field.

"Day-by-day, I was able to focus more and my mind wasn't all racing everywhere and I was able to lock in on things", he said.

One of Floyd's major points of emphasis is avoiding concussions.

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The first time it happened, he had to be carted off of the field on a backboard against the New York Giants in Week 11.

He would suffer the second concussion in a game against Washington on December 24, with the team placing him on injured reserve shortly thereafter. He began getting headaches, which subsided within a few days.

The first-round pick said the Bears told him not to work out this offseason until his head cleared up. Floyd has worked with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio this offseason to improve his form, lining up form tackles on tackling sled dummies and keeping his head facing forward, not down. The four games he missed were due to a concussion.

"It's like night and day compared to a year ago", Floyd told reporters at Halas Hall.

Listed at 240 pounds, Floyd said he probably weighs a little under 247 now. "I just wanted to be as heavy as I could get, and whatever I weigh, I weigh". He was second among all rookies with seven sacks, reaching that total in just 12 games. "Everything was new to me past year".

"It definitely inspires me to go out and play every game", Floyd said.

"I thought that would be the first question y'all was gonna ask", Floyd said. Like sometimes at the snap I'm stuttering and false-stepping. "I just need to clean up getting off on the rock when the ball's snapped".

Bears LB Leonard Floyd on concussion: 'You don't think the same'