Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage Jr. was involved in a scary play late in the team’s 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild-card game.
Tom Brady threw a pass to Gage on second down from the Cowboys’ 19-yard line, and the veteran wide receiver went down in pain after being hit in the back and neck by Donovan Wilson.
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Buccaneers medical personnel rushed to the scene and players watched as coaches attended the game.
The medical staff called for a cart and placed Gage on the backboard to take him to the field. Buccaneers and Cowboys players dropped to one knee. Gage was apparently able to move his right leg as he was being worked on and was eventually carried off the field and taken to the hospital.
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Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles told reporters during the postgame press conference that Gage was hospitalized with a concussion. Bowles said Gage had movement in his limbs and was being checked for a neck injury.
Gage had two catches for 10 yards in the game.
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It was his first season with Tampa Bay. He had 51 catches for 426 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games.