Dent is the frontrunner for the starting job at middle linebacker and was knocked out of the team's first exhibition game, a 31-17 loss to the Ravens, on a punt return hit he doesn't even remember taking.
"I just remember covering the punt, going out there and playing full speed," Dent said. "It's football."
In accordance with the league's concussion protocol program, Dent sat out the exhibition loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team is hoping that contact drills will be the final step for him to clear the concussion program in time for the next exhibition, against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 24.
Dent had 20 tackles last year as a rookie, 13 solo and seven assisted.
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