Chris Owusu is an intelligent man with a bright future after football. He attended Stanford and wants to become a physician when his playing career is over. His NFL resume doesn't jump off the page, but he has talent. He has been one of the early standouts in the New York Jets' training camp.
But now he's out with a concussion, and that's troubling because it's at least his fourth concussion. He's onl5 25.
On Saturday night, coach Todd Bowles said the fourth-year wide receiver is following the league's concussion protocol. Owusu was injured late in Friday's practice and went to the locker room with trainers. He "got dinged up in the head a little bit," Bowles said. "I know he went out a little woozy."
Owusu's final season at Stanford, 2011, was cut short because of a concussion. In a November game against Oregon State, he went down after helmet-to-helmet contact and left the field in an ambulance. It was his second concussion in a three-week span, his third in 13 months.
His skill set intrigued NFL scouts -- some felt he had third-round talent -- but he didn't get picked at all. No doubt, teams were concerned about his medical history. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers, also spending time with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before landing with the Jets last season.
After a strong offseason, Owusu got off to a fast start in camp, moving up the depth chart. He was getting first-team reps in three-receiver packages, working ahead of Jeremy Kerley at times.
"It's tough," quarterback Geno Smith said. "You hate to see a guy who's been having a great camp like that go down like that. I mean, he's been doing a phenomenal job, he's worked his way into the ones and he's been making plays for us."