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Drayton Florence has concussion; status for Thursday unknown

Detroit Lions cornerback Drayton Florence has a concussion, leaving his status for Thursday in doubt.

Thearon W. Henderson

Sunday was cornerback Drayton Florence's first game back with the Detroit Lions since being activated from injured reserve. After suffering a broken forearm back in Week 2, Florence missed an extensive period of time as he recovered from the injury.

Unfortunately, it took only one play for Florence to get banged up again on Sunday. On the Lions' first defensive play of the game, Florence made the tackle and looked a bit woozy. I said on Twitter that the hit "had concussion written all over it," and doctors appeared to be checking Florence for a concussion on the sideline. He ended up returning to the game, so it was believed that he didn't actually suffer a concussion.

As it turns out, Florence did in fact suffer a concussion. Although he passed the tests he went through during Sunday's game, he woke up with a headache on Monday morning and was diagnosed as having a concussion. From MLive:

"The official removed him from the game, our guys checked him, and he passed all the (concussion) tests on the sideline," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He returned to play, played pretty well, and didn't have any signs as we moved forward. He didn't seek any treatments, wasn't having any symptoms after the game."

Considering the Lions have a short turnaround this week, I would be shocked if Florence is able to play against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving. Concussions typically keep players out for at least a week in most cases nowadays, so I don't expect Florence to be back just days after suffering one.

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