Chris Snee was scared.
What he thought was just a headache quickly became a whole lot more.
Three weeks ago, the Giants starting right guard sustained a pretty good shot against the Seahawks.
His head hurt, but he figured he could play through the pain. He was wrong.
Snee took another hit and began to feel dizzy. He felt as though he was going to pass out, and had to grab on to the referee so he wouldn’t fall over.
Snee left the game and was later taken to a local hospital for overnight observation.
“It was scary to think that you’re going to pass out on the field,” said Snee, who missed the Buffalo game because he couldn’t pass baseline tests during the week of practice prior to the contest. “I’ve been fortunate not to have one before.”
On Monday, Snee practiced for the first time since sustained the concussion. He says he’s been headache free for over a week, and added that he feels good, no longer hampered by sensitivity to light.
“The headaches and the week of fog that I was in was not fun, but I got cleared and I’m ready to go again,” Snee said.
For Snee, the Giants’ bye week couldn’t have come at a better time because it allowed him to rest.
“If I had to go back last week and play I probably would’ve been a little worried it,” Snee said. “But I had an extra week to heal and I won’t see any contact really until Sunday.”
Snee joked he’s watched the Seattle game “a few times on tape so I can clearly analyze my performance.”
He called the week after he suffered the concussion a miserable one.
“The thing is, you really can’t sleep,” Snee said. “I was just laying in bed.”
Snee said he never wanted to go to the hospital. He was fighting at the time because he didn’t want to be transported in an ambulance with his kids in attendance and have them worry about his condition, but it had to be done.
“I was dizzy and out of it,” said Snee, who added that his balance wasn’t there so it wouldn’t be safe to drive himself.
“I hope this is the only time I have to deal with it,” Snee said. “I’ve heard every time it gets worse, so hopefully this is it.”
By not playing against the Bills, Snee’s consecutive regular-season games started streak was snapped at 101. It was the first time he missed a game since 2004, when he missed the final five games that season with an inflamed gland.
“I was keeping a small hope that I could come in a pass the test and wake up one day and feel good, but it didn’t happen,” said Snee, who has always taken great pride in that streak.
“I gotta start over. I don’t know if I’m gonna get that high again.”