Floyd suffered two concussions over a span of 34 days last season. It took
him two months to recover from the second one.
Both occurred in head-down collisions with a teammate. Floyd has spent
a lot of time this offseason working on his tackling and getting his head
out of the way, according to The Chicago Tribune.
“I agree with that and everything that we can do to minimize the
risk and that includes getting your head, taking your head out of the
game, is going to be a good thing,” said Dr. Vernon Williams, director
of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe
Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. “I know that the Seattle Seahawks
have spent a lot of time training their defensive players on tackling
techniques that try to get their head out of the game.”
Falcons coach Dan Quinn brought that rugby-style tackling system to Atlanta.
“They are using techniques that take (the head) out of play,”
Williams said. “That, we believe is going to make a big difference
and is already making a big difference. For an individual were their technique
may be one that puts them at a little higher risk in addition to recovering
from the concussion, it makes sense to train or re-train some of those