As Austin Collie lay motionless on the field, the NFL's crackdown on violent hits to defenseless players came into full focus.
The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver suffered a concussion on a second-quarter hit to his head Sunday by Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. Collie was “awake and alert in the (locker) room,” coach Jim Caldwell said after the Eagles’ 26-24 victory. “I think he’ll recover quickly. He’ll do OK.”
“I won’t go into all the details about it, but he took a pretty good hit,” Caldwell said. “He was out, unconscious for a period of time.”
In a scary scene that had the Philadelphia crowd silent while Collie was on the ground for several minutes, trainers worked on him, then he was placed on a stretcher as players from both sidelines stood and watched.
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“Coach Caldwell told us early it was a concussion and you don’t like to hear that,” Peyton Manning said. “It’s better than what everybody fears at that point.”
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was carted to the locker room with a head injury after a hard hit by New Orleans safety Darren Sharper.
Sharper drilled Stewart in the head with his shoulder at the end of a 5-yard gain in the first quarter, causing the former Timberline High standout to fumble. Stewart was on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field with the assistance of two members of Carolina’s medical staff.
A KICKER NAMED SUH
At first it seemed like a fun novelty – 307-pound Ndamukong Suh lining up to kick an extra point for Detroit as the home crowd shouted his name.
Then Suh’s kick hit the right upright. The Lions could have used that point later in the game.
Suh’s miss came in the third quarter Sunday, moments after kicker Jason Hanson was injured. Detroit lost 23-20 in overtime to New York after the Jets tied the game on a last-second field goal.
Speaking of kickers, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker kicked an extra point in New England’s game against Cleveland. Welker, forced into kicking duty because Stephen Gostkowski suffered a thigh injury in the first half, drilled his kick to bring the Patriots within 27-14 with 6:37 left. Rian Lindell missed an extra point attempt in the Bills’ 22-19 loss to the Bears that ends his streak of extra points at 321 – the fourth longest in NFL history. X-rays on New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey’s ribs were negative after he was injured scoring a touchdown on his 500th career catch.