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Leonard Floyd's scary concussions changed the way he thought about everything

Leonard Floyd's scary concussions changed the way he thought about everything

He’s feeling fine now, but it took Leonard Floyd about two months before he felt like himself again after suffering his second concussion last season. 

It wasn’t until February that Floyd was back to normal, serving as a scary lesson in how concussions can have long-lasting effects. 

“You just don't feel normal,” Floyd said. “You know it's this thinking part, like you don't think the same. I wasn't thinking like I normally would think and then I'd be staring off in space some times instead of paying attention.”

“… It gradually got better. Day by day I was able to focus more and my mind wasn't all racing everywhere and I was able to lock in on things.”

Floyd, though, wasn’t worried about his recovery from those two concussions, which he suffered about a month apart in November and December. Once he got his first good workout in sometime during February, he felt he cleared the biggest hurdle necessary to getting back to normal. 

One of Floyd’s focuses during OTAs and veteran minicamp has been working on preventing another concussion, which he feels can happen if he can teach himself how to tackle without leaving the crown of his helmet too low. He and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have been working with tackling dummies and sled machines to tweak the Georgia product’s tackling form to put him in the best position to avoid another concussion. 

“I definitely gotta be aware, because I don’t wanna get another concussion and sit out games,” Floyd said. “I gotta make sure I play every game.”

PFF grades Mitchell Trubisky, Bryce Callahan as Bears' best against Lions

PFF grades Mitchell Trubisky, Bryce Callahan as Bears' best against Lions

Everything seemed to click for Mitchell Trubisky against the Detroit Lions. Matt Nagy called it his best game of the season, even surpassing his breakout performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 4.

Pro Football Focus largely agreed with the Bears’ head coach, as Trubisky was the offense’s highest-graded starter in the game at 88.6 overall.

The young quarterback particularly excelled under pressure, a big step forward from previous weeks. He had a perfect 158.3 passer rating under duress, going 5-of-6 for 89 yards and a touchdown according to PFF.

He wasn’t much worse from a clean pocket, completing 75 percent of his passes for 266 yards and a 138.5 passer rating.

Trubisky had only one incompletion on passes less than 10 yards down field, and PFF credited him with two avoided tackles on scrambles past the line of scrimmage.

On the other side of the ball, cornerback Bryce Callahan led the way with a 90.3 overall grade, the highest grade of any cornerback in Week 10.

PFF charted him with six targets in coverage, and he allowed three catches for only 16 yards to go with one PD and his interception.

Callahan added a sack and two hurries on only four blitzes, continuing his strongest season to date in the slot.

He and wide receiver Allen Robinson made PFF’s Team of the Week for their performances against the Lions:

NFC North standings: Bears earn some much-needed breathing room

NFC North standings: Bears earn some much-needed breathing room

The Bears earned a little bit more breathing room at the top of the NFC North standings with their win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings had been hot on their tail in second place, but Kirk Cousins and Co. had their bye week on Week 10, so Chicago was able to increase the gap with its win.

Of course, they’ll go head-to-head in their next game on Sunday Night Football on NBC, and a Vikings win would have them surpass the Bears in winning percentage for the season.

Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers got back on track with a 31-12 win over the Miami Dolphins, but at 4-4-1, they still have some catching up to do before they’re back in the hunt for the division crown.

The Packers will play the Vikings right after the Bears do, but first they have a Thursday night matchup with the Seattle Seahawks to try and get back above .500.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Lions fell to 3-6 with their loss at Soldier Field, and any hopes they had at a surprise playoff run seemed to have dissipated. They’ll have their chance at revenge against the Bears on Thanksgiving.