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Oklahoma State DT Calvin Barnett: I played through concussion

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Oklahoma State DT Calvin Barnett has not ruled out playing through another head injury.

DALLAS -- Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett suffered a mild concussion last season against Baylor, but returned to the game, the senior admitted Monday at Big 12 media days.

"When I went back into the game I didn't think about my family, the way my mom would feel if I really got hurt," Barnett said. "I was thinking about the game and living for the moment. I don't know what everyone else does, but that's what I did at the time."

Barnett, who finished with three tackles in the 41-34 loss, said he is aware of the potential long-term effects of head injuries. However, he stopped well short of saying he would never repeat his actions.

"Everyone does it," Barnett said. "It's not necessarily good. You have to make that decision on your own."

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