When the Saints released tight end Coby Fleener in May, head coach Sean Payton said that Fleener was still dealing with symptoms from the concussion that ended his 2017 season and nothing has changed over the last month.
Fleener spoke to Don Banks of The Athletic about where things stand and said that he’d still like to play during the 2018 season, but that the symptoms are “still there, unfortunately.”
The story went on to say there’s no timetable for that to change and that leaves Fleener, who has been diagnosed with five concussions over the course of his career, unable to say he’ll be back on the field with confidence.
After two seasons in New Orleans, the Saints have parted ways with tight end Coby Fleener.
During his two-year stint in New Orleans, Fleener caught a combined 72 receptions for 926 yards and five touchdowns. The Saints will be fine without him, as they brought back Ben Watson (who caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six scores as a Saint in 2015) and still have Josh Hill rostered.
As for Fleener, his concussion history will play a factor now that he's a free agent. Teams in need of tight help include the Jets, Cowboys, and Seahawks.
Dec 01, 2017 · 7:09 PM EST
Saints TE Coby Fleener (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. His absence makes Josh Hill a Sneaky Start. New Orleans tight ends have accounted for 13.5% of receptions, 13.5% of yards and 25% of touchdowns this season.
Nov 30, 2017 · 7:13 PM EST
Saints TE Coby Fleener (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. He’s out for Week 13, which makes Josh Hill a Sneaky Start. New Orleans tight ends have accounted for 13.5% of receptions, 13.5% of yards and 25% of touchdowns this season.