Vikings' TE John Carlson discusses future after concussion setback


Vikings' TE John Carlson discusses future after concussion setback

Earlier this week TE John Carlson was cleared to play, despite suffering his third documented NFL concussion. Now it appears his season and career may be in jeopardy. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune talked to Carlson about his future.

"We have two kids and a third on the way", Carlson said, "I'm taking steps to mitigate the risks, (but) there are risks playing football."

Carlson is in the second year of a five year deal in Minnesota.

Fantasy Analysis:

Carlson should be shut down for the remainder of the season and even consider stepping away from the game. He has had a long history with concussions, dating back to his playing days at Notre Dame.

The Viking TE has a unique size/speed combination perfectly suited to the TE position, but failed to match the numbers he put up in Seattle.

With so many injuries to the position, Carlson 's second half performance landed him on many owners' rosters. He has since found his way back to most leagues free-agent pool. He can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues, and dynasty owners should monitor his status in the offseason.

Carlson's season peaked with a 7 catch, 98 yard, 1 touchdown performance against the Redskins.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Good for him, to put family up before football. Who knows, he may change his mind, and the wifey may have something to say about this. Non the less, he has his priorities straight. More football players should learn from this.

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thesongoftime 12/20/13 05:22 PM

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