FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Lorenzo Mauldin still hasn't watched footage of his terrifying injury or the moment he was carted off the field. Nor does he plan to.
"I didn't want to. I just wanted to keep moving on. It really didn't matter to me how it happened. I just wanted to get better," the Jets' rookie linebacker said Wednesday, speaking for the first time since he was taken to the hospital by ambulance during the fourth quarter of the Jets' win over the Browns on Sept. 13. Although it originally was announced as a neck and head injury, Mauldin was diagnosed that night with a concussion.
A week and a half later, Mauldin is hoping he'll be able to play Sunday against the Eagles. Although he did not practice on Wednesday, he was on the field wearing his helmet. "I'm back to myself, normal," he said. "One hundred percent."
The Louisville alum said he has no recollection of how he was hurt or the forced fumble he caused. "I think I took a blow to the jaw or something," Mauldin said. "I had a migraine before that play, but it was going away, but I'm thinking that it just triggered something.
"The last thing I remember is I'm going in for Manziel. They said I caused a fumble but I couldn't even enjoy that 'cause I don't remember," he said, smiling.
Mauldin said he's suffered from migraines and sensitivity to light for several years and takes medication for it. From now on, he said he'll wear tinted contact lenses on game day.
"I came to in the hospital ," he said. "I was told what happened. They said I took two steps and fell back down after I tried to get up. But I don't remember any of that, either. The only thing I can worry about right now is how I can get better and get back on the field."