Zbikowski intends to take recovery slow

Starting strong safety still feeling "a little cloudy"

October 12, 2011|By Edward Lee

Tom Zbikowski made his first appearance in the Ravens locker room since sustaining a concussion in the team’s 34-17 victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 2, and the starting strong safety said each passing day brings a slight improvement to his health.

“Not bad,” Zbikowski said when asked how he felt before Wednesday’s practice. “Just taking it day-by-day and seeing how it feels, seeing how working out feels. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s one of those things that I’ve got to take day-by-day and just see how it feels. So I’ll wait for the symptoms to stop and see how practice goes today.”

Zbikowski, who has made 12 tackles thus far, said concussion-related symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to light aren’t issue. But he is still dealing with what he called a feeling of being “a little cloudy.”

“I still feel a little cloudy about some things,” he said. “So I’m just taking it slow. It’s something that I’m very glad to say is being taking seriously. It’s only my second, so I don’t have much to compare it to. But it’s definitely not something to be messed around with. So I’ll take it slow and see how it feels. I’ll just trust what the training staff says.”

If Zbikowski is unavailable for Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans, Bernard Pollard is expected to start next to free safety Ed Reed. Zbikowski is eager to play, but acknowledged that he must consider the long-term ramifications of returning so quickly.

“We’ll see how it is,” he said. “If it’s feeling good, I should be recovered. But it’s a long season. It is what it is, so I can’t get too down if I have to miss one game. But I’m planning on being able to play and getting ready for it. I’m sitting in meetings, getting back to everything. So we’ll just see how it goes.”

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