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Russell Gage Sustains Concussion and Possible Neck Injury for Buccaneers

17 January 2023, Tuesday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage was removed from the field by stretcher during the fourth quarter of Monday night's playoff matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Gage had stumbled while running a route and had gone down, unable to make the catch. He then absorbed a hard shot to the neck from Donovan Wilson, after which he attempted to stand, only to be unsuccessful and subsequently slamming his hand onto the ground out of frustration. The Buccaneers fell to the Cowboys, 31-14.

Players from both teams knelt down and offered prayers as medical personnel attended to Gage. Tom Brady, who had launched the pass to Gage, remained close to the medical team before the game resumed.

According to coach Todd Bowles, Gage was taken to the hospital with a concussion. They are currently in the process of testing him for any possible neck injuries.

Bowles stated concerning the movement of his extremities: His fingers were wiggling when he was on the ground. I'm not sure about the others.

This incident happened two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed, got a cardiac arrest, and had to be revived on the field during another Monday night game. Fortunately, he was discharged from a Buffalo area hospital last week.

Lavonte David, an inside linebacker for the Bucs, said of the injury to his teammate, Russel Shepard, "It was really tough -- especially with what happened a couple weeks ago. Russ is a great dude off the field and a great guy on the field. We definitely hope he's well. He was moving and stuff like that, which was a good sign. Definitely hope he's ok." Cam Brate, a tight end on the team who recently suffered a sprained neck and had to leave the field on a stretcher, added, "You hate to see a guy go down like that, especially with the game being kind of out of reach at that point. It's really hard to see your teammate like that. We're all thinking about Russ and hope he's doing well. Yeah, it's tough."
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