Tampa Bay wide receiver Russell Gage was hospitalized with a brain injury after being hit during an NFL playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, his coach said.
The game was paused with 2 minutes and 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Gage fell awkwardly after injuring his neck in a rematch at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Gage appeared to try to get up but could not and was quickly swept away by the medical staff.
They’ve got him to the hospital now, he’s got a concussion. They’ll also test him for possible neck injuries, said Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles in a post-game news conference after the team’s 31-14 loss to the Cowboys.
When asked if Gage had movement in his limbs, Bowles replied: “His fingers were moving when he was there. I don’t know about the rest.”
After he was injured, Gage was surrounded by coaches and players from both teams knelt while he received medical attention. The broadcast showed Gage moving his legs as trainers provided care. He was later immobilized and removed from the field.
“After suffering a neck injury and concussion during the fourth quarter of last night’s game, Russell was taken to a local hospital where he remained overnight for further examinations and observation,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Russell had movement in all extremities and will continue to undergo additional testing.”
Gage’s injury to the field came just two weeks after a Buffalo Bills safety Hamelin’s devastation He suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed after a tackle during another game Monday night.
The 24-year-old was resuscitated by a medical team before an ambulance took him from the field in critical condition. He was released from the hospital last week.
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