Russell Gage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was taken to the hospital with a concussion after suffering an injury during Monday’s NFL Wild-Card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to his coach.
Gage fell awkwardly after being hit across the neck on a second down play at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium with two minutes and 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Gage appeared to try to get up but was unable to and was quickly surrounded by medical personnel.
“Right now, he’s in the hospital with a concussion,” says the doctor. “They’ll also test him for potential neck injuries,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said after the team’s 31-14 loss to the Cowboys in a postgame news conference.
“His fingers were moving when he was down there,” Bowles said when asked if Gage had movement in his extremities. I’m not sure about the rest.”
Trainers surrounded Gage after he was injured, and players from both teams knelt as he received medical attention. Gage was seen moving his legs while trainers administered care, according to the broadcast. He was later rendered immobile and carted off the field.
Gage’s on-field injury came just two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle during another Monday night game. The 24-year-old was resuscitated by a medical team before being taken off the field in critical condition by an ambulance. Last week, he was released from the hospital.