Russell Gage Leaves Cowboys Game Early With Concussion

Russell Gage with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021
Russell Gage with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI/Shutterstock (12622128p)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage had to leave his team’s 31-14 wild-card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys early on Monday night after suffering a concussion and possible neck injury.

Gage was stretchered off the field late during the fourth quarter of the game after being on the receiving end of a hard shot to the neck from safety Donovan Wilson. While he attempted to get up, he collapsed back down onto the ground, with players from both teams taking a knee to pray for his recovery.

“They took him to the hospital,” Buccanneers coach Todd Bowles reported after the game. “Right now, he has a concussion. They’re also testing him for potential neck injuries.” Bowles added that while Gage managed to move his fingers after taking the hit, he is unsure of the player’s abilities to move his other extremities.

Gage’s injury comes just two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during his team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. While this incident caused players to panic following Gage’s injury, Buccaneers tight end Cam Brate stated that seeing Gage moving helped to subside their panic.

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