Contact sports are always a rough environment for players and many of them have to deal with minor to sometimes severe injuries. Some injuries can even ruin their career or in some rare cases, prove to be fatal as well.
The same is the case with football and Monday night’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos was no such exception to the list.
Gareon Conley, the cornerback for Oakland Raiders, had to be taken off the field on a gurney to treat a neck injury he had sustained on the field.
The incident took place in the third quarter of the Monday night game and the team was quick to declare that Conley would be out for the game after being ruled out with a neck injury.
Conley was going to tackle Royce Freeman, the running back for the Denver Broncos, along the sidelines. At the same time, Jonathan Abram, another Raiders’ player, also tackled Freeman with the help of his helmet, but Abram’s leg accidentally hit Conley on his helmet, resulting in his injury.
The cornerback for Raiders laid on the field for about 10 minutes, while the medical staff tended to his injuries. Eventually, he was taken out of the field on a gurney and was ruled out of the match.
Conley departed the field by giving a thumbs up to the audience, who breathed a sigh of relief seeing their player well.
Meanwhile, Abram was given a15 yard personal foul for attacking Freeman with his helmet.
Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders coach, said that Conley was out of any immediate danger and would be okay to play in the future games.
Though it is not sure whether or not Conley would be present in the lineup for the upcoming game, Gruden is glad that the player was not injured fatally. According to him, Conley’s reports showed that everything was fine and there was no reason to worry about the player’s health.
Tom Pelissero from the NFL Network announced that Conley was given a release from the hospital on Tuesday morning itself.
Raiders had eventually went on to win the game 24-16.