Leonard Floyd Says It Took 2 Months to Get 'Mind Back Together' After Concussion

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) celebrates sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd suffered two concussions during his rookie season, and the last one caused a long recovery process.

"It took me two months to really feel like I was back to myself," Floyd said Wednesday, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I was just at the house, relaxing, getting my mind back together. After those two months I felt back."

Floyd ended the season on injured reserve.

The 24-year-old was carted off the field after his first concussion Nov. 20. He returned to action two weeks later but then suffered his second concussion Dec. 24. The Week 16 game against the Washington Redskins was his last of the year.

Floyd also described the aftereffects associated with the brain injury.

"You just don't feel normal, you know it's this thinking part, like you don't think the same," he said. "I wasn't thinking like I normally would think and then I'd be staring off in space sometimes instead of paying attention."

The No. 9 pick in the 2016 draft had a promising rookie season with seven sacks in 12 games. He also tallied a safety and a fumble returned for a touchdown. However, his health remains a bigger concern as he heads into his second season.

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