Vikings TE John Carlson thinking about retirement due to concussions

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

John Carlson will think about ending his career. (USATSI)
John Carlson will think about ending his career. (USATSI)

After suffering a concussion in Week 13, the Vikings have placed tight end John Carlson on the IR list, ending his season. It also might end his career, as well.

Especially since he's suffered three concussions since 2011.

“That's something that my wife and I will consider,” Carlson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “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.”

“We have two kids and a third one on the way,” he continued. “I'm taking steps to mitigate the risks. [But] there are risks to playing football.”

In March 2012, Carlson signed a five-year contract worth $25 million (with $9.1 million in guarantees). He is scheduled to earn $3.9 million next season and $4.9 million for 2015 and 2016.

His latest concussion left him with a headache, but Carlson said he didn't suffer any memory loss. He actually returned to practice Wednesday but then didn't feel well Thursday. Now, he'll have the offseason to think about his next move.

“It's a serious issue and it's not something that I'm ignoring,” he said. “I wouldn't be playing if I didn't feel that it was safe within the realm of safety and football, if there is such a thing as safety. We understand that there are risks associated with playing this game.”

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