Fourth-year Cleveland Browns wide receiver
Massaquoi missed practice on both Sunday afternoon and Monday morning after he suffered what coach Pat Shurmur said was a concussion in last Friday’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
“I feel great, am excited to practice today,” Massaquoi said Tuesday. “I feel great, always felt great, never developed the symptoms or anything. Everything that was done was just precautionary because of the type of hit, the way that the hit looked. I’m excited just to play right now and we’re going to keep moving forward.”
Massaquoi was injured on the Browns’ first offensive play of the preseason.
Massaquoi was on the right side of the formation and ran his pattern before turning to catch a 12-yard pass from rookie quarterback
With Massaquoi down on the ground following the play, several of Detroit’s players signaled to the Browns’ sideline for assistance.
“It was just a good shot by Erik Coleman,” Massaquoi said. “He came down and the hit was very forceful. They have a spotter up top now who watches for stuff like that. I’m glad we have a great medical staff that watches for things like that and they take precautionary action to make sure nothing comes out of it.”
When asked if he tried to get back into the game against the Lions, Massaquoi said, “of course.”
“At that moment, you have to abide by the rules,” Massaquoi said. “You have to abide by the protocols, which we did. We have a first-class organization. Our trainers do a great job of just making sure that nothing comes out of it and that’s what happened.
“It’s good, in a sense, to make sure nothing comes out of it, but at the same time, sometimes people are over-cautious. I’m just happy that nothing did come out of it. I’m happy to be here right now, excited to move forward and will continue progressing.”
Massaquoi said he came into training camp healthy this year and has been moving around to different spots on the field. He has lined up as an outside receiver and also in the slot.
In the slot, Massaquoi would be asked to go over the middle and potentially take hits from linebackers and safeties at the same time he is trying to catch the football.
“The way to offset that is to be more aware of what the defense is doing so you’re not running into things,” Massaquoi said. “It was a good shot. I got up from it, so that feels good to know that every time someone touches you, you’re not going to fall over and go through another concussion. Just having a better grasp on the offense and a better grasp on things gives me a little bit more flexibility to move around.”