For two practices in a row, Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Cordy Glenn was nowhere to be seen. And now we know why — Bengals coach Zac Taylor revealed that the team has their left tackle under concussion protocol. He suffered this injury in the Bengals’ preseason match-up against the Washington Redskins, which they won 23-13.
Cordy Glenn Has a Concussion
According to Cincinnati.com, Taylor said at the time, “(Cordy Glenn) has a concussion. He reported a concussion after the last game, so better to keep him inside these couple days as he goes through the protocol. Just like any concussion, it’s impossible to know when they are going to come back. We’re just taking it day-by-day.”
And that includes putting Glenn through the NFL’s concussion protocol, as previously mentioned.
What Does the Protocol Entail?
In the past, such protocol has followed five steps. First, Glenn will have to rest — as he’s obviously doing now. He can’t move on from this stage until he passes a neurological examination, as well as cognitive function and balance tests. While here, Glenn can stretch and perform moves to boost his balance, but he can’t work out with the team. He will likely be advised to avoid looking at screens to help the symptoms dissipate, too.
Next, Glenn can begin performing light aerobic exercise, although he will do so under great supervision. If any of his concussion-related symptoms rise up again, he will have to temper his workout regimen. During this time, Glenn can return to team meetings and watch game film along with his teammates.
The third step in concussion protocol will have Glenn back in the weight room once he has proven he can handle aerobic exercise. Once he reaches step four, the left tackle can return to some football-centric workouts. During this time, he can’t engage in any contact drills. So, Glenn can neither tackle his teammates nor practice dummies until he reaches step five.
Without any concussion symptoms reappearing through steps one to four, Glenn will be cleared to participate by step five. Both the team physician and an independent neurologist will have to give him the all-clear. Both the physician and neurologist will have to agree before Glenn can suit up for a game.
Obviously, all of this serves to improve player safety. The Bengals already strive for player health and security in training — they want to protect both players and spectators in both indoor and outdoor facilities. So, the protocol only lends to that purpose.
How Will This Affect the Squad?
With Glenn out, Andre Smith will step into his role. So far, the former University of Alabama left tackle has stepped into the role seamlessly. According to offensive line coach Jim Turner, “Andre’s done a great job for us this fall. I think it’s a great decision having him here. He’s great for our room and we’re excited about having him here. He’s going to work.”
Still, the offensive line remains the team’s biggest concern currently. Retirements and injuries have taken out more players than just Glenn — guards Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman have both sat out recently, with the latter said to be considering retirement. As of August 19, 2019, the first offensive line went out with Taylor at left tackle, rookie left guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price, right guard John Miller and right tackle Bobby Hart.