clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Eric Reid has considered retirement if concussions become further problem [Updated with Reid response]

Player health has grown in awareness in recent years, particularly as concussions become better understood. The 49ers have seen two retirements because of concerns over head trauma. Could Eric Reid be a third at some point in the future?

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Fooch's update: Well, maybe it's not so clear

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.