Buffalo Bills CB Dane Jackson taken to hospital for evaluation of neck injury after collision with teammate

ORCHARD PARK, NY — Bills beginning cornerback Dane Jackson was being evaluated for a neck injury at an area hospital Monday night time following a scary collision with a teammate throughout Buffalo’s 41-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Jackson has full motion in his extremities, in accordance to the Bills, and was getting a CT scan and an X-ray on the Erie County Medical Center.

“Still awaiting phrase and clearly praying for Dane and all of [the Bills’ injured players],” coach Sean McDermott mentioned after the sport. “You go from the true half of it right here; you go from being a coach to simply being a human when I’m on the market watching him getting loaded into the ambulance. That’s an actual second.”

The inadvertent collision occurred whereas Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was making a second-down deal with on Titans broad receiver Treylon Burks with lower than a minute remaining within the first half. Jackson’s head appeared to snap again after making contact with Edmunds’ helmet.

“Definitely a tricky play. Just type of noticed the receiver nonetheless up, simply attempting to end the play,” Edmunds mentioned. “A scenario that clearly, I did not do deliberately. I might by no means attempt to do one thing like that to my teammate, however like I mentioned … the receiver was nonetheless up, I used to be simply attempting to end him to the bottom and sadly, I find yourself hitting Dane.”

The sport was delayed for almost 10 minutes as staff trainers attended to Jackson, who was transferring his legs. He was then positioned on a stretcher and taken by the stadium tunnel in an ambulance.

Teammates surrounded Jackson as he was being tended to, with Edmunds remaining close by nearly all the time.

“Just to see him transferring, simply to see him give a thumbs-up on the best way out — clearly, that helped quite a bit of us. … It eased quite a bit of our minds,” Edmunds mentioned.

McDermott mentioned he had a second to converse with Jackson within the Bills’ tunnel earlier than the ambulance left the stadium.

Jackson, a third-year participant who began the season in place of an injured Tre’Davious White, had three tackles Monday and final week recorded an interception within the Bills’ win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Following Jackson’s injury, rookies Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam took over in his place. They had been rotating reverse Jackson to begin the season.

Bills security Damar Hamlin is a detailed good friend of Jackson’s and mentioned that whereas the second on the sphere was tough, he bought an encouraging response from Jackson.

“It felt horrible. It felt like one of my brothers was down,” Hamlin mentioned. “And with the severity of the way it occurred, it simply made it much more excessive. ‘Cause it did not look like simply [a] common injury. But as soon as I talked to him, as soon as he advised me he was good on the sphere — we bought that sort of bond the place he is going to let me know if one thing is up, so, I’m praying for him, and I do know he’ “I’ll be OK.”

As for different Bills accidents, beginning security Micah Hyde was dominated out after struggling a neck injury late within the third quarter, when Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill related with receiver Robert Woods on first down. Hyde was examined on the sphere for a pair of minutes earlier than strolling off below his personal energy and coming into the blue medical tent.

Hyde was later taken off the sphere on the again of a cart. Backup Jaquan Johnson changed him within the sport.

“It was type of a bizarre sport, wasn’t it,” security Jordan Poyer mentioned. “I texted Micah, he mentioned he is all proper. Dane mentioned he was all proper, too. Just praying for these guys.”

Bills middle Mitch Morse missed a portion of the sport with a proper elbow injury, however was ready to return. Linebacker Matt Milano (stinger) and defensive deal with Jordan Phillips (hamstring) each left the sport with accidents on the identical time many backups got here in. Wide receiver Gabe Davis missed Monday’s sport with an ankle injury.

McDermott didn’t have any additional replace on the Bills’ accidents.

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