Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage was taken to the hospital with a concussion after sustaining an injury in an NFL Wild-Card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, his coach said.
The game was halted with two minutes and 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Gage fell awkwardly after being hit in the neck on a second play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Gage appeared to try to get up but couldn’t and was quickly overwhelmed by my medical staff.
“They took him to the hospital at the moment, he has a concussion. They will also test him for potential neck injuries,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said during the postgame press conference following the team’s 31-14 loss to the Cowboys.
When asked if Gage had movement in his extremities, Bowles replied, “His fingers were moving when he was down there. I don’t know about the rest.
After his injury, coaches surrounded Gage and players from both teams knelt while he received medical treatment. The broadcast showed Gage moving his legs as trainers administered treatments. He was then pinned down and carried off the field.
Gage’s on-court injury came just two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed after making a tackle in another Monday night game. A medical team resuscitated the 24-year-old before an ambulance transported him off the pitch in critical condition. He was released from hospital last week.