His prognosis is good after enduring a head-on collision with New York's Jason Pierre-Paul that left him prone and motionless on the Meadowlands turf while covering a kickoff return. Follett was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center where he underwent a battery of tests. Thankfully, he passed all the tests and has been cleared to travel.
"He's flying back today," Lions' coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. "He's doing a lot better. His tests all came back very, very encouraging. We look forward to a quick recovery and seeing him back on the field sometime."
Giants' coach Tom Coughlin was relieved to hear that Follett was doing much better on Monday and revealed that JPP was unhurt but had not spoken to him about the play...."I didn't get a chance to spend any time one on one with him, but if I feel like that's necessary… I'm sure that the news that Zack is doing better would help in that area."
Coughlin then explained what had happened on the play and then told reporters how the Giants handle helmet to helmet contact:
Q: Was there anything that he could have done differently technique-wise?A: Both guys were trying to do their job. It's unfortunate. Sometimes the head does get in the wrong position. You stress it and you coach it. If I stand in here for a special teams meeting, I'm just hearing over and over and over from Tom Quinn and Thomas McGaughey about keeping your head up – keep your head up, keep your head up, keep your head up – and that kind of stuff. Some of the guys who have played on our special teams units have been kind of backed up or taken off of a unit because the head has been in the wrong spot.
Q: There is talk today that the NFL might consider suspending players for helmet-to-helmet hits. How do you feel about that?A: Well, I think that – I didn't mention this because I was not asked, but I do feel along with some of the things that I hear – I don't get a chance to catch up on a lot of things, but if we play at home I do get a chance to watch highlights and that type of thing on Sunday night and I know that one of the recommendations or the strongest one has been that since the money does not seem so be a deterrent, then it has to be more than that. Always it is quite frustrating, to be honest with you, if a player is forced to leave a game because of an illegal hit and the other player continues and what have you – that doesn't really seem right. I'm sure there will be stronger measures taken.
Q: When you say you take guys out because their head was in the wrong place – was that for safety reasons?A: Well, you're trying to coach them not to – when I say take them out, there is no taking them out. We may back them off for a week – maybe they're the second guy now – but you do have to continue to coach and to tell them that – a lot of these things happen when a guy gets hit on the side of the helmet or he ducks his head down rather than keeping his head where it should be. You don't teach the helmet-to-helmet or the head in those kinds of spots anymore anyway.
Q: Wouldn't you say that most of those are not planned?A: Oh, they're not planned at all. They just happen because it's force against force and it's such a full-speed momentum play. You've got guys running from the other 30-yard line and building up speed as they go. Jason has done an outstanding job for us on kickoff coverage – he had two tackles yesterday again – and that's a force coming down the field.
Q: By the nature of the play, it's really never going to be completely safe, but would you say that the elimination of the wedge has helped some?A: I would say that it has helped – I would think that that's a safe thing to say. It has helped.
quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept