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Brodney Pool says concussion talk is overstated

While playing for the Cleveland Browns last season, safety Brodney Pool suffered what was widely reported as his fourth concussion, causing his season to come to an end. But Pool, who signed with the Jets this offseason, says people are overstating how many concussions he’s had.

I’ve only had one concussion,” Pool told the New York Post. “I have a family history of migraines and that’s what has been happening to me, not concussions.”

Pool said the only time he has actually had a concussion came on the very first play of his very first NFL preseason game.

“I ran down on kickoff and hit the wedge and knocked myself out,” he said. “The other times I was very aware; I knew what was happening.”

The Browns were cautious with Pool last year, putting him on injured reserve when he reported headaches that the team thought were associated with having been hit on the field. But Pool doesn’t think concussions caused those headaches, and he’s eager to get back on the field.