Schwartz says Durant's progress not a cause for concern

Posted Oct 14, 2011

After suffering a concussion during week 3 at Minnesota, linebacker Justin Durant has been sidelined for the Lions’ last two games.

Against Chicago on Monday, it was hopeful that he would get back on the field, but after experiencing reoccurring symptoms of a concussion during pre-game warm-ups, the decision was made to hold him out for the second consecutive week.

Having sat out of practice for the week, Durant has been ruled out to play this Sunday against the 49ers, but his progression isn’t a cause of concern with Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

“Well, I mean, I don’t know that there’s anything really odd with concussions. I mean it is what it is,” said Schwartz. “Unlike a sprained ankle, unlike a lot of other things, you can’t put timetables on them—each one is totally different and when we get the symptom free everything else, we’ll get him back on the field.

“A lot of them clear up quickly, a lot of them don’t, and you just have to be objective and when they’re ready, they’re ready.”  

Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham isn't worried about Durant either, understanding that erring on the side of caution is always the route when dealing with concussions.

In the meantime, he trys to keep him encouraged while he's sidelined.

"I have a deal going with him," said Cunningham. "The two of us are going to have MRIs, or CAT scans, and I said, ‘I guarantee you that I have more concussions than you have ever had in your life.’

"I try to keep the injured guys upbeat by being funny with them, and he is laughing so that is a good sign. I am not real concerned. The medical department here is really outstanding. If I have an issue I go to our doctors and they do a good job on me so I know they are doing a good job on him."