Jets' Calvin Pryor leaves practice early after head injury

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith ,left, stretches with teammates during NFL football training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Monday , Aug. 11, 2014.(Credit: Hans Pennink)

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CORTLAND, N.Y. - Calvin Pryor, the Jets No. 1 draft pick, left practice Saturday after sustaining a head injury. The team said that he was being evaluated Saturday night, but there was no specific news about the severity of the injury.

"Obviously when those things happen you're going to side on being cautious and that's what we're doing," coach Rex Ryan said of the rookie safety. "Whether it's a concussion or not I'm not sure. We'll see how that progresses."

Saturday's practice was the first in pads. Pryor had a reputation as a big-time hitter, and many were looking forward to seeing him in action. Pryor, however, barely participated as he left the field early in drills when he was involved in a collision while blocking for the punter.

Pryor has been getting a decent share of first-team reps and is making a bid for a starting spot. "I just know [Pryor] will be playing an awful lot [on defense], whether he's a starter or whatever," Ryan said. "He is going to play a bunch, and not just on defense. He'll play on special teams."


Johnson gets day off

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Running back Chris Johnson sat out of team drills, after practicing the first two days of camp.

The team wants to be cautious with their biggest free-agent splurge as he is coming back from knee surgery early in the offseason. Ryan said it is possible that Johnson might rest every third day in camp.


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Ryan said he has been impressed by two previously unheralded players, linebacker Troy Davis and safety Rontez Miles. Ryan said he plans to play them in practice with the starters on special teams, which could increase their chances of sticking . . . Rookie wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, a sixth-round pick, missed practice for the second day with a hip injury. Linebacker Tim Fugger (ankle) and defensive end Zach Thompson (shoulder) sat out.

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