Friday, October 4, 2013
Hill returns to practice after concussion
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill practiced in a limited capacity Friday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in the loss to Tennessee last Sunday.
Hill wore a red jersey, meaning that he was not allowed to engage in any contact with his teammates. He is going through the NFL’s concussion protocol to return to the field, but has not been cleared for play yet. The Jets play Monday night in Atlanta.
“I’m not going to say I’ve been cleared to play,” Hill said, “but I am ready to play any time they give me a heads up.”
Coach Rex Ryan was glad to see Hill back on the field.
“I believe that’s the only hurdle left, so we’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said. “But yes, I was encouraged. That was a good sign.”
The Titans linebacker who tackled Hill, Michael Griffin, was fined $21,000 by the NFL on Friday. He was cited for unnecessary roughness, as well as striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area. Hill left the game immediately and said he experienced headaches until Wednesday. Since then, Hill said he’s been headache-free.
“I’m feeling good,” Hill said. “Just ready to play.”
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said there is some concern about playing a recently-concussed receiver at full speed, even if Hill is cleared.
“Well, that’s a good point,” Mornhinweg said. “We’re not there yet. We don’t know if he’s going to play yet or not. But certainly, it comes into play. There’s no question about that on specific things that you may ask any player at any position, and certainly at receiver, there’s certain things you may or may not do.”