Miller suffers concussion at practice

Posted Jul 27, 2013

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller suffered a concussion during practice at training camp on Saturday.

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller suffered a concussion during one-on-one blocking drills at Saturday’s practice, and has since been released from the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Before being transported to the hospital, Miller was aware and alert, and had feeling in all of his extremities.

Following the injury, coach Rob Chudzinski huddled with his players, where he said the entire team said a prayer for Miller.

“Anytime that happens, you just pray, hope for the best and hope everything is okay,” veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “Coach gave us word that he’s doing fine, and that’s a good thing. Those are the challenges and the scares.

“When you sign up for this game, there’s a possibility of something like that happening. It made everyone realize that at any moment, anything can happen. I thought we had a good practice after that. Guys responded well, and that’s what it’s about.”

Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas agreed with Jackson that Miller’s injury was a scary situation for everybody.

“It’s always tough to see one of your fellow linemen or teammates go down like that, and sometimes, it’s hard because there’s things more important than football,” Thomas said. “Your health is certainly one of them, and sometimes, it’s hard to get back and focus on football when you see a guy laying there and not moving.

“The thing you worry about is the neck. When we heard it was not neck-related, that was fantastic news, and you feel great about that.”

After hearing the news of the injury, Jackson ran over to his fallen teammate and tried to help the medical personnel in moving the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Miller.

“We were doing a separate drill, and Phil Taylor came over and told me what was going on,” Jackson recalled. “I immediately walked away from the drill, and when guys realized what happened, guys were shocked, and it was all about Ryan at that point.

“I just wanted to help out if I could. He’s a big guy to put on stretcher. He was talking, he was communicating with the doctor. Everybody was saying a prayer for him.”

Chudzinski said the players and coaches “did a great job” of getting back to work following Miller’s concussion.

“It really says a lot about them, our coaches, our staff and our players to be able to do that,” Chudzinski said. “This team is a family, and when something happens to a family member like that, it’s tough. These guys did a great job of staying focused and really getting a lot of work done today that we needed to get done.”

Jackson added, “You just hope that you can go back (to work) right away. That’s less time you have to think about what happened. Obviously, you don’t forget, but we got right into team, and guys responded well.”

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