Tampa Bay receiver Russell Gage collapsed after suffering an injury during the end of Monday’s game between the Buccaneers and the Cowboys.
Gage was seen trying to get up but unable to do so before he was strapped to a backboard and carried off the field. He was taken to hospital with a concussion.
Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles has since revealed that Gage remained in medical care overnight but stated his “neck is fine”, per NFL.com, though there was no specific update on his return or what precise injury he had suffered, other than the concussion.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday the player himself took to social media to thank supporters for their concern and insist he was on the mend.
“I appreciate all of the texts, calls, thoughts and prayers you all have expressed towards my family and I,” Gage tweeted. “I just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing great and in great spirits!”
“They took him to the hospital right now, he has a concussion. They’ll also test him for potential neck injuries,” Bowles told reporters at the time, according to CNN.
I appreciate all of the texts, calls, thoughts and prayers you all have expressed towards my family and I. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing great and in great spirits!
— Russell Gage Jr. (@GageRussell) January 17, 2023
The Tampa Bay receiver went down after an incomplete pass on second-and-10 with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, according to NBC sports. The match play clip posted by several Twitter users showed Gage struggling to sit up and being tended to by trainers and medical staff.
The Buccaneers wide receiver suffered an upper-body injury in the wild-card game against the Dallas Cowboys, Around the NFL reported.
Russell Gage Jr injury on the field as Tom Brady looks on, hope he’s alright pic.twitter.com/by8C6uGE2T
— Ted Buddwell 🏀🏈 (@TedBuddy8) January 17, 2023
On a second-down incompletion, Gage was hit around his neck and jaw area, the report said.
The Bills safety was discharged from hospital to “continue his rehabilitation at home” just nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest on the field.