Shonn Greene Injury: Updates on Jets RB's Possible Concussion

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 16, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 9: Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets  looks for a hole to run through against the Buffalo Bills during the season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Billd 48-28. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Shonn Greene left Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wobbly fashion, and the dreaded concussion appears to be a legitimate possibility.


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6:02 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

It appears, according to's Kimberly A. Martin, as though Greene's injury wasn't as serious as initially believed:

greene's back for #jets

— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 16, 2012

Well, that was quick.

Many believed the Jets' running back had suffered a concussion, but his return to the field quells any and all of that talk. 

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The news comes from CBS' Fantasy Football Twitter account:

#Jets RB Shonn Greene headed to the locker room after suffering a possible head injury in the second quarter. #Fantasyfootball

— CBSFantasyFootball (@CBSFantasyFB) September 16, 2012

Whenever a player suffers an injury to the head, he must be cleared of all concussion symptoms before he can step back onto the playing field, so you can bet that Greene's return for Sunday afternoon's game is very much in doubt.

Fortunately for Jets fans, second-year pro Bilal Powell has stepped in and gained 21 yards on five carries, while Greene had just 23 yards on seven totes. 

The drop off from Greene to Powell, if anything, appears to be minimal. 

So, while losing any player to a head injury is something you never want to see, the Jets, who are currently locked in a battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers, should be able to survive this with minimal damage. 

The defense, which is the Jets strength, is still obviously intact. Mark Sanchez, who is arguably New York's most important offensive player, shouldn't be harmed by the loss of Greene. And, as mentioned earlier, Powell should keep the running game afloat. 

Shonn Greene may be a starting running back, but New York fans shouldn't lose too much sleep over his absence, although a speedy recovery for the young running back would be welcomed. 

On the fantasy football side of things, Bilal Powell becomes someone to target heavily should Green miss an extended period of time.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on the Greene's status as we learn more.