Calvin Pryor leaves with head injury

CORTLAND, NY -- Rookie safety Calvin Pryor left Saturday’s practice with a head injury.

“It was a head injury and obviously when those things happen you’re going to side on being cautious and that’s what we’re doing,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Whether it’s a concussion or not I’m not sure. We’ll see how that progresses.”

Ryan said that the former Louisville player, who came in with a reputation for hard hits, was in the role of punt protector with the contact occurred. This was the first day the Jets have practiced in pads.

“It’s not like you can say he got dinged or whatever,” Ryan said. “But dinged these days that means be cautious and do what’s in the best interest of the young man.”

Ryan said the team was obligated to be forthright in the case of possible concussions, which is a more straightforward approach than the 2013 training camp, when the team would not clarify the nature of a head injury involving RB/KR Joe McKnight.

Pryor was getting a good share of first-team reps, and is expected to make a case to start as a rookie. Jets watchers were anxious to see him in full-contact drills.