Rookie nickel back Damian Swann was held out of the Saints’ win over Indianapolis on Sunday for precautionary reasons.
Swann, who suffered a concussion two weeks ago when his head hit the ground against Philadelphia, passed the NFL’s concussion protocol last weekend, shortly after the Saints’ win over Atlanta.
The rookie practiced in full on Wednesday, but he was downgraded to limited participation on Thursday and then held out altogether on Friday. Despite his passing grade on the protocol, New Orleans wanted to make sure he had no lingering issues.
“All of a sudden, Damian, he had cleared the protocol, and yet he still had some lingering effects,” Payton said. “We’ve always gone heavy on the conservative side when it comes to a player with that type of injury.”
Swann, who has been the Saints’ go-to nickel most of the season, initially expected to play against Indianapolis, but he also said a player has to treat a concussion differently than other injuries.
“We just held him out,” Payton said. “We felt like we wanted to wait another week.”
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