Miami Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano undecided on returning, awaits medical advice

Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (80) is congratulated by Leonte Carroo (88) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, who will turn 34 in April, is undecided if he will return for a 13th season in the NFL, saying how he feels physically will enter into his decision.

Ultimately, however, the decision could be made for him.

Fasano said he has suffered concussions in his career and said one factor in his decision will be a diagnosis into the potential risks of extending his career.

“I think it would go into my evaluation of how I feel physically,” Fasano said Monday. “And if anything was lingering, I would get it checked out and just make sure I have all the facts and information about myself before I make that decision.”

Fasano estimated he has had “something like” five, six or seven concussions but couldn’t say how many were of the more serious nature.

“Who knows what’s serious and not serious? Minor?” he said.

The Dolphins have been through this before. They lost tight end Jordan Cameron last year because of repeated concussions and increasing awareness of the CTE issue in football.

Although coaches haven’t given Fasano an indication of whether they’d welcome him back, they were pleasantly surprised by his performance after rejoining the team as a free agent. An effective blocking tight end, Fasano saw more action as the year went on, playing in all 16 games and starting six. He also caught 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown and could be a valuable asset if the team parts with disappointing veteran Julius Thomas.

“I’m going to take some time, adjust, rest, reflect,” Fasano said. “I’ll be around and in communication with the coaches, so we’ll see how it plays out.”

Fasano has a post-football career lined up, having launched Next Chapter, an addiction and trauma treatment center in Delray Beach, in December 2015.

For now, his football future hangs in the balance.

“I’d be 50-50,” he said.

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