|Jets' Coles, Smith dealing with concussions|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 23 October 2008 07:30|
It's the third time in less than two years that Coles is dealing with a head injury. He had his streak of playing in 107 straight games end last November because of a concussion, and was briefly knocked unconscious when he was leveled by a hit by Miami's Zach Thomas in December 2006.
Coles didn't practice Wednesday when he was listed on the team's injury report as having ``head'' and ``thigh'' ailments. He was on the field Thursday participating in warmup drills during the 30-minute window the media are allowed to watch.
``Yeah, it's a concussion,'' coach Eric Mangini acknowledged Thursday. ``I just listed it that way because I list all the body parts. Yeah, that's a concussion.''
in the afternoon.
Coles, also nursing a strained thigh since training camp, was hit hard after trying to catch a pass late in the second half of New York's 16-13 overtime loss at Oakland. Coles came up with a facemask full of grass and appeared a bit dazed, but was able to return despite the injury.
``Those aren't coaching decisions,'' Mangini said. ``We won't put anybody back in the game until they're cleared medically to go back in the game.''
Coles, who leads the Jets with 30 catches for 369 yards and four touchdowns, refused to address the injury, citing the team's policy of not discussing them publicly.
``Y'all know we're not allowed to talk anything about that type of stuff, so why would you even put me in that position?'' he said. ``Understand that if I speak anything about any type of injury, that it's considered conduct detrimental to the team.
``Unless any of y'all are going to fork over some cash, don't ask me no more damn questions about it. Talk to Eric and talk to the doctors.''
Smith was initially injured when he collided with Arizona's Anquan Boldin on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Sept. 28 that drew the safety a one-game suspension and $50,000 fine. Mangini was uncertain when the latest injury occurred.
, the trainers and at that point, it becomes a medical decision, not a coaching decision.''
Unlike Coles, Smith did not return to the game after the injury, but participated in special teams drills early in practice.