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Ben Watson not overly concerned after three concussions in 2011

Benjamin Watson

Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson (82) runs in for a touchdown in the third quarter during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


Browns tight end Benjamin Watson suffered three concussions during the 2011 season and was put on injured reserve after the third one. But Watson isn’t worried about what that means for his long-term health.

Watson said on NBC SportsTalk that he thinks concussions in the NFL are a legitimate concern, but that he also isn’t going to be an alarmist about it, knowing that plenty of players have suffered concussions in their careers and gone on to live happy and healthy lives for half a century or more after retirement.

“I don’t believe that every single player who had a concussion is feeling the effects of them -- like many other injuries they affect people in different ways,” Watson said.

As for the former players now suing the NFL, Watson said they should be taken care of if they’re ailing.

“It’s something you definitely research,” Watson said. “If those guys are feeling the effects of concussions it’s definitely important that they get the treatment they need.”

But Watson isn’t worried that he’ll be joining them.

Here’s the video of Watson’s appearance, in which he also touched on new Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and what the Browns need to do to compete in the AFC North: