After suffering his third concussion in three years, Vikings' tight end John Carlson says he will consider his future in the NFL, telling the Star Tribune that he will use the offseason to think about his professional football career and the long-term health hazards he is risking:
"That's something that my wife and I will conside. After every season it's an evaluation period because of the nature of our business. Players move around, players get cut, coaches get fired, things happen. So in that sense, every year is an evaluation period and this year will be no different. And the concussion part of it will be in that conversation."
Carlson, 29, suffered his most recent concussion two weeks ago, during Minnesota's loss to Baltimore. He missed the following game against the Eagles after failing to pass the NFL's concussion protocol, and will miss the remainder of the season with the injury.
A former second round pick out of Notre Dame, Carlson has caught 32 passes for 344 yards this season. These were his highest totals since 2009 with the Seahawks.