The pro football world held its breath Monday night as they watched Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage collapse on the field after being hit.
Gage’s injury came two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a “Monday Night Football” game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After being hit, Hamlin rose and then fell. On Wednesday, he was released from a Buffalo hospital.
The Buccaneers’ wide receiver was injured late in the fourth quarter of a wild-card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium while attempting to catch a pass from Tom Brady.
Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson’s arm struck Gage’s neck as he stumbled to the ground.
“Just a frightening sight, watching Russell Gage try to get up and not being able to,” announcer Joe Buck said as players from both teams gathered around Gage.
After the game, Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles provided a brief update on the 26-year-old receiver.
“They took him to the hospital. Right now, he has a concussion. They’re also testing him for potential neck injuries,” Bowles said.
The coach was asked if Gage had movement in his extremities.
“His fingers were moving when he was down there. I don’t know about the rest,” Bowles said.
After the hit, Gage tried to lift his head to get up but was unable to as he lay twitching on the field.
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Somber-faced players from both teams milled about as he was first immobilized to protect his neck, then carted off the field.
Gage, who attended LSU, spent four years with the Atlanta Falcons before joining Tampa Bay this season.
“Russ is a great dude off the field and a great guy on the field. We definitely hope he’s well. He was moving and stuff like that; that was a good sign. Definitely hope he’s OK.”
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“You hate to see a guy go down like that, especially with the game being kind of out of reach at that point. It’s really hard to see your teammate like that. We’re all thinking about Russ and hope he’s doing well. Yeah, it’s tough,” he said.