Russell Gage taken to hospital after injury in NFL Wild-Card playoff game, coach says


Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage was taken to the hospital with a concussion after the injury he suffered during Monday’s NFL Wild-Card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, his coach said.

The game was suspended with two minutes and 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Gage fell awkwardly after he hit his neck on a second down at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Gage looked like he was trying to get up but couldn’t and was quickly washed away by my medical staff.

“Right now they took him to the hospital, he has a concussion. They’re also going to test him for potential neck injuries,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said at the postgame news conference following the team’s 31-14 loss to the Cowboys.

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, trainers surrounded Gage and players from both teams knelt while he was treated. The broadcast showed Gage moving his legs while trainers tended to him. He was later immobilized and removed from the field.

Gage’s injury on the field came just two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and collapsed after being tackled during another game Monday night. The medical team revived the 24-year-old before he was taken off the pitch in a critical condition by an ambulance. He was discharged from the hospital last week.


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