Fooch's update: Well, maybe it's not so clear
The media always finds a way to twist your words...they just want you to click on their article— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) June 10, 2015
@Eric_Branch I don't appreciate the way you twisted and took my words out of context in your article. I've always respected your job by...— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) June 10, 2015
@Eric_Branch answering your questions. Your article was not an accurate portrayal of my words— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) June 10, 2015
Just to be clear, I NEVER SAID, "I've given some thought to leaving the NFL." @Eric_Branch— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) June 10, 2015
The San Francisco 49ers are back at practice, but early retirement issues remain a significant topic of discussion. Eric Reid told Eric Branch that he does think about his repeated concussions in the NFL, and does admit he might consider retiring if the problem grows.
Reid did not give a number on what it would require for him to retire, but made the point that it really is a case-by-case basis. If he gets another concussion and thinks he can still play, he'll continue. However, if he gets another one and does not feel like he can play, he'll take that step. He further clarified that he has looked into doctors to get a better handle on his situation.
"There is a doctor that I'm looking further into and I may end up going to see," Reid said. "Like I said, right now I've evaluated my situation and I feel comfortable playing."
Reid said he never suffered a concussion prior to the NFL. He suffered his most recent concussion in Week 16 of the 2014 season. He was inactive the following week, but said today that he had been medically cleared. The 49ers were out of playoff contention so he elected not to risk injury in a meaningless game.
This is not a new topic of conversation for fans. Even before Chris Borland and Anthony Davis retired, concussions were a concern with Eric Reid. I don't think anybody would be shocked if his career ended prematurely due to concussions, but it is also possible he finds a way to avoid them and plays out a lengthy career. Either way, it is his body and he is entitled to handle this situation as he needs to. I obviously have selfish reasons to hope he stays healthy, but even beyond just wanting to see him play, none of us wants to see players suffer punishment that will result in significant health issues later in life.