Days after shedding the red, non-contact mesh he wore during Thursday’s practice, Sean Considine declared himself healthy and available to play in Monday’s regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I feel good, and I’m real excited for Monday night football to open the season,” said the backup strong safety, who appeared to fully participate in his second consecutive day of practice. “Can’t get any better than that. It’s been a good, productive, long preseason, and I think everybody’s ready to get into the season and start playing some meaningful games.”
Considine was initially reported to have suffered concussions in the second and third games of the preseason – first against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 17 and then against the Jacksonville Jaguars six days later. But Considine said the second injury was not a concussion, but lingering symptoms from the first concussion.
“I had one concussion in that second game, and I probably shouldn’t have tried to play in that third game,” he said. “That was all on me. I just had some symptoms come up from the original. It was one concussion. That’s definitely better than having two. So I’m not too worried about that.”
Considine acknowledged being frustrated by the injury, which sidelined him for the remainder of the preseason and opened speculation that the team could keep rookies Christian Thompson and Omar Brown on the active 53-man roster. But the organization elected to retain Considine and Thompson and after briefly cutting Brown, added him to the practice squad.
“It wasn’t a good time period at the end of training camp there to be dealing with a concussion like that,” Considine said. “But I took care of it, and I feel a lot better now and am ready to go, and I feel fortunate that I’m still around here, looking to help this team win.”