Russell Gage injury updates: Latest news on the Bucs’ WR after being helped off the field
The Bucs WR was taken off the field on a backboard during the Cowboys Wild Card game and is in the hospital with a concussion and possible neck injury.
During the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wild Card matchup on Monday night in front of a prime-time audience, yet another violent and upsetting injury occurred. Just two weeks after watching Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapse on the field from cardiac arrest, Bucs wide receiver Russell Gage collapsed on the field with what initially appeared to be a neck injury. Here, we provide you with the latest details and will update with more information as it becomes known.
What happened to Bucs WR Russell Gage?
With just under three minutes left in the Cowboys/Buccaneers Wild Card game, Gage collided with Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson on an incomplete pass. After the pass, Wilson hit Gage hard from behind, on the neck, which caused his neck to jerk forward. Gage, 26, tried to stand up, but could not and remained on his back on the field.
Players from both teams kneeled together on the field as they the team’s medical staff and athletic trainers tended to Gage. Buccaneers players looked on with concern for their teammate, the aftermath of what happened to Hamlin still fresh on everyone’s minds. Eventually, the medical staff and trainers were able to get Gage onto a backboard to protect his spine and cart him off the field. As he left the field, Gage was able to give a thumbs up and appeared to move his right leg as well.
“Definitely hope he’s doing well,” Bucs teammate Lavonte David said. “He was moving so that’s a good sign.”
In an eerily similar case to that of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa earlier in the regular season, just the week before this, Gage had appeared to have hurt his back during a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was listed as questionable ahead of the Cowboys game but eventually cleared to play.
How is Bucs WR Russell Gage doing now?
Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said that Gage has a concussion. He was taken to the hospital to be checked for a possible neck injury, but he was able to move his extremities, which is great new