Houston Texans: C.J. Fiedorowicz needs to consider retirement

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 2: C.J. Fiedorowicz
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 2: C.J. Fiedorowicz /

Although the Houston Texans had a myriad of injuries occur against the Tennessee Titans today, the more pressing story is the future of C.J. Fiedorowicz’s career with him sustaining his third concussion this season.

To say the Houston Texans have an issue with keeping players healthy is an understatement.  Throughout the game, we saw player after player head into the locker room with whatever ailment that they were tending to.

I was beginning to wonder if there was an overflow area for all the space that was needed to tend to all of the injured guys we had out there today.  This certainly speaks to the tumultuous challenges that this team has faced this season and why they’re at the position that they’re in.

It’s confirmed that Bruce Ellington, Johnathan Joseph, Braxton Miller, Alfred Blue were all in the locker room at some point during the game.  Chris Thompson had a brief ailment but was able to return to the game with minimal effect.

But the injury to raise your brow is certainly to C.J. Fiedorowicz.  When he headed to the locker room, I thought about that this was his third concussion that he sustained this season and even more so for his career.  He had one in late last season as well after taking on Indianapolis Colts and I’m concerned that this could be quite debilitating for his career.

That’s FOUR concussions over the span of a calendar year.

His frequency of his concussions reminds of the retired wide receiver Austin Collie, who seemed to rack up concussions as if they were points for a rewards program.  Fiedorowicz is going to have to sit down and evaluate if it’s worth it for him to risk his health in order to do what he loves out there.

It’s an extremely tough decision but I think it’s one that he needs to make.

The Houston Texans signed him to a three-year, $21.5 million deal just before the start of this season but the contract is flexible enough for both parties to get out of.  Although he’s under

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contract until 2020, the cap hit per season through then is around $5.5 million per.  There’s a possibility that an injury settlement can be made between both parties.

I’m positive that this is something that he’s contemplating right now.  I’m sure he wants to have a family of his own as well as be there for his immediate so this is certainly why what he needs to do moving forward is as clear as ever.

I recall the first piece that I wrote about him when he drafted in 2014 out of Iowa in regard to how much a boon he would be for this offense.  A larger-than-life tight end that can effectively block was the spark this team needed with likes of something that hasn’t been seen since Owen Daniels.  And Daniels didn’t necessarily fit that aforementioned description either.

I’m sure that this is something that he and his fan base wants to hear but needs to hear it.  Based off of all the research that is being poured into how multiple concussions can have a tremendous impact on the functionality of the brain, IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT.

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We’ll have to see but I’m positive this will be last of him out on the field for the final weeks of the 2017 season.

Fiedorowicz, 26, has caught 12 balls for 111 yards — 9.3 yards per catch — through four starts this season.

Go Texans.