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Texans Tight End C.J. Fiedorowicz Thinking About Retiring Due to Concussions

After an abbreviated season in which he suffered three concussions, Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz said he’s contemplating retirement, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

“You can’t go repair your brain,” he told the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill. “It’s not like an ACL or shoulder. That’s serious. I took some dingers. There was a couple of weeks there where I was having some tough times. This is what I’ve done my whole life, so to think that I’m going to walk away is tough. It’s not something that I thought of doing, because I signed the new deal, anytime soon. Life goes on, whatever happens.”

Fiedorowicz was concussed in the Texans’ season-opening loss to Jacksonville, sidelining him for two months. He returned two months later to play four more games before going on injured reserve.

“A dude knocked me out,” Fiedorowicz said. “After eight weeks (a period on injured reserve), when I came back, it was constantly on my mind. I wasn’t always able to play loose and free. It was in my head. Anytime that’s on your mind while you’re playing an NFL football game, you’re in trouble. You can’t play timid. Guys are trying to take your head off, you know?”

Fiedorowicz, who signed a three-year, $21.5 million contract extension before last season with $10 million guaranteed, said he plans to report to the Texans’ offseason workouts this spring. He also told the newspaper he may sit out 2018 and re-evaluate his situation the following offseason.


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