- Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
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FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. -- Atlanta Falcons free safety Dwight Lowery, who suffered the fourth concussion of his football career during an Aug. 1 training camp practice, has no reservation about returning to full contact.
Lowery practiced in shorts over the weekend and will take the next step in full clearance today as he is to participate in a padded practice. He vowed not to be hesitant based on his concussion history.
"You can't think like that on the football field," Lowery said. "Everybody's out there trying to play to the best of their ability. You think about that type of stuff and it's going to hinder you from playing your best. You just have to trust the process and just go with the flow and go with how you feel and play."
Lowery played in just three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season following a Week 3 concussion against the Seattle Seahawks. The one with the Falcons, which occurred after he was blocked by teammate Jacquizz Rodgers, marked his third concussion in the NFL. He also had one in college at San Jose State.
Lowery, the projected starter at free safety, immediately impressed his new teammates with the ball skills he displayed during the offseason. He continued his fine play at the start of training camp before the concussion derailed him.
Now he has to re-establish his rhythm alongside starting strong safety William Moore.
"It's just about practice, just like before," Lowery said. "We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, you know. Just come out and just do the things I've been doing since I got here, and don't treat it any differently than before the injury happened."
If concussion issues resurface for Lowery, Kemal Ishmael would be the next man up at the free safety spot.
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