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Pickett: I wouldn't have been ready to play under any system or circumstances.

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers defensive end Ryan Pickett went blank after he suffered a concussion during the Raiders game three weeks ago. He was in the midst of making a tackle when running back Michael Bush’s knee hit him in the head. Pickett couldn't remember what happened until he saw a replay later. The collision caused him to miss the last two weeks. “I’ve never been knocked, like I got hit and didn’t remember nothing. I never got hit like that before in a game. “I remember now. … I didn’t remember at the time. I had to see it then it, then that kind of brought it back to my memory.” “Not immediately after. I was just out of it. I don’t know where I was. It was just weird. I’ve never been hit like that before.” Pickett thought he would recover from the concussion sooner, but headaches and cloudiness persisted. The NFL has new strict guidelines and testing that players must pass before returning from a concussion. Pickett said he wouldn’t have been able to play under any circumstances. “When you have a concussion you feel foggy, not clear,” Pickett said. “It’s hard to concentrate, things like that. The small stuff really agitates you. “Things like that. … That’s what I had the last couple weeks.” The concussion was the second Pickett has had this season. He was concussed sometime during an October practice, but was able to play that Sunday. He said those were the first of his career. Now that he feels fine, Pickett hopes to get plenty of snaps against the Lions, despite the Packers already having clinched the No. 1 seed. “Hoping they let me get in and get a lot,” Pickett said. “I’ve been out a couple weeks, it’d be nice to get my feet wet again before the playoffs. “Hopefully I play the whole game.”

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