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"Half-concussed" Will Blackmon ready to return

New York Giants kickoff returner Will Blackmon is

New York Giants kickoff returner Will Blackmon is upended by Philadelphia Eagles Colt Anderson. (Nov. 21, 2010) Credit: MCT

I ran into Will Blackmon yesterday and he said that he’s feeling better after missing the last two games from a hit he took in the Eagles game. He expects to be practicing tomorrow. But that’s not all he’s expecting.

His wife Shauna in California is going to give birth to their first son any day now. Blackmon said he’s hoping to be there for the event, so if he’s not at practice tomorrow we’ll take that as good news. He said when he signed with the Giants he made it clear to Tom Coughlin that he would have to leave the team at some point during the season to be there for the birth.

As for his physical status, Blackmon said he’s ready to go. He said that the hit he took against the Eagles left him “half-concussed” and he referred to himself as “wounded” the last two weeks. But he also wanted to make clear that the kickoff he returned and slipped on right after he was drilled on the punt return was because he had changed his cleats and not because he was woozy. He said he was upset because he knew people were going to think he was still dizzy and sure enough when he headed to the sideline players and coaches were asking him if he was OK.

Blackmon also said he has a checkered history of playing in Minnesota, where the Giants will be on Sunday. As a rookie with the Packers he injured his shoulder there. He scored touchdowns in each of his next two visits there. And then last year he blew out his knee against the Vikings in Minnesota. The way he figures it, every bad experience is followed by two good ones, so he’s due for a score this Sunday.


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