Update: Just after midnight Thursday night, the Indianapolis Colts announced via Twitter than Brandon Williams suffered a concussion but was out of the hospital and “doing well.”
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Indianapolis Colts tight end Brandon Williams went down with injury against the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football, and it was a scary scene.
Williams, in the game on punt protection, took a shot to the head from a Broncos’ player who was rushing the punter. Williams began to fall flat on his back almost immediately. The Colts’ medical staff tended to Williams for quite some time, with television coverage going to multiple commercial breaks, and ultimately securing him onto a backboard and carting him off of the field.
During the time that the medical staff was attending to Williams on the field, NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico said on the broadcast that Williams once suffered from spinal stenosis. It is a condition in which the spaces in the spine get narrow, and that puts pressure on the nerves, per The Mayo Clinic.
According to a 2014 story by Jason Quick of the Oregonian, Williams was diagnosed with the condition his senior year at Oregon while playing for Chip Kelly, who did not allow him to play that year. In 2013, his girlfriend’s parents paid for his MRI exam which revealed that he was healthy enough to play football. He signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent that year.
This is the second time in three weeks in which a player has suffered a frightening upper body injury on the field. Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He is still at a Pittsburgh hospital, and recovering following spinal stabilization surgery.
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