David Amerson Expects To Practice After Concussion
The rookie cornerback took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Cowboys linebacker Cameron Lawrence in the 31-16 loss on Sunday but hasn’t exhibited any additional related symptoms over the last three days.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – David Amerson said he expects to practice in some manner on Wednesday afternoon, three days after he left the Redskins’ loss to the Cowboys with a concussion.
Amerson took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Cowboys linebacker Cameron Lawrence during a 90-yard kickoff return by Dwayne Harris with 10:03 remaining in the third quarter. He remained down on the turf for several moments before being helped to his feet and taken to the locker room for examinations.
“I was just in shock,” Amerson said Wednesday. “I was just – it was more of just the first time I really ever had a concussion, so I was kind of like, ‘Aww,’ kind of woozy. But you know, like I said, it wasn’t bad. I slept OK. I wasn’t too sensitive to light or anything like that, so everything was good.”
The league’s concussion protocol requires players to pass cognitive testing before beginning a light workout on Tuesday. If Amerson were able to go through a moderate workout on Wednesday, they’d be able to participate in a non-contact practice on Thursday and then participate in a full practice on Friday.
“I think I took one test so far,” Amerson said. “My scores were low in one area and they wanted to re-test me on it, I think, coming up tomorrow, but like I said, I feel fine.”
Amerson didn’t comment on the hit by Lawrence, saying only that it was a play that he didn’t see. Mike Shanahan said on Monday that if Amerson had been in better position, he would have tackled Harris and prevented the long return.
Aside from the initial hit, Amerson said hasn’t experienced any additional concussion-related symptoms – nausea, dizziness or light sensitivity among them.
“It’s not pleasant, that’s for sure,” Amerson said. “Like I said, I was just more in shock that that happened, but it’s football, and I’m good now.”