Pickett sustains mild concussion, is cited in crash

Updated: July 30, 2006, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett sustained a mild concussion in a car accident and was cited for failure to yield while turning.

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Pickett, 26, said Sunday he was sorry about the accident, in which he and another vehicle collided near the Lambeau Field parking lot on Saturday.

"Obviously, I regret that it happened," Pickett said.

He said he was on his way home during a lunch break and was making a left turn when a vehicle slammed into the driver-side door of his Ford Expedition.

Pickett, who was driving alone, sustained a blow to the head but no other injuries. He was treated by the team's doctors and sent home from that afternoon's practice.

Green Bay Police Lt. Paul Ebel said all four occupants in the other vehicle were transported to a hospital for unspecified injuries, which weren't believed to be life-threatening.

"It could have been so much worse. It's a blessing that it's not," he said.

Pickett said he and his wife, Jennifer, tried Sunday to check on the condition of the riders in the other car.

"My only concern was them. They could have been a lot worse off than it was. I'm just happy that they're all right," he said.

Ebel said Pickett was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign while making a left hand turn.

Pickett was cleared to suit up for a light practice Sunday morning but participated in only individual drills.

"Just being cautious," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Pickett didn't expect to practice Sunday night, when the team held a longer workout. He said he expected to be cleared for Monday's practice.

Pickett also assumes he'll be picked on all season for the accident. Teammates were razzing him in the locker room between practices Sunday.

"So, Ryan Pickett, how fast were you going coming out of the parking lot?" fellow tackle Corey Williams hollered in Pickett's direction.

"I'm going to get this the rest of the year," Pickett said.

The Packers signed Pickett to a four-year, $14 million free-agent contract in March to anchor the middle of their defensive line. He was a first-round draft choice of St. Louis in 2001.


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