Russell Gage left Monday’s game on the board and was taken to the hospital. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage left Monday’s playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys on the board after suffering a serious injury during the game. He was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for contusions and neck injuries.
Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson made contact on Gage’s header after an incomplete pass late in the fourth quarter. Gage fell backwards after a pass and Wilson hit him in the back, hitting Gage’s head in the face. Wilson doesn’t want Gage’s head. He was already involved in the fight when Gage went down.
Gage looks like he’s trying to get up from the blow, but he can’t. He continued to lie on his back. Players from both teams surrounded Gage as he was tended to by medical trainers. After several moments, the coaches placed Gage on a backboard and then lifted him onto a trolley, where he was wheeled to the field.
Play resumed after Gage left the field Monday in the Cowboys’ 31-14 victory. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles told reporters after the game that Gage was taken to a local hospital and was being evaluated for a concussion and neck strain. He had his fingers on the floor, according to Bowles. Gage was first listed as questionable before Monday’s game after injuring his back on a touchdown in Week 18.