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Seahawks DE Darrell Taylor ‘immobilized’ by neck injury, carried off in stretcher

Darrell Taylor, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks just can’t shake the injury bug this season. They already lost star quarterback Russell Wilson to a gruesome finger injury. Now, they have another man down, this time coming from the defensive team.

In the last moments of the Seahawks’ Week 6 match against the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive end Darrell Taylor was playing as normal. As players from both sides collided, he hit someone else on the field. After going down on the field, the Seahawks defensive player didn’t stand back up, apparently injuring his neck. (via MaximoAvance)

It was an unfortunate series of events for the Seahawks DE. There was clearly no foul play involved in the hit: it was just a routine block from the Steelers O-line. As is protocol for suspected neck injuries, Taylor was immobilized and carted off the field immediately. Both Steelers and Seahawks players gathered around the defensive end to show their support. (via SportsCenter)

Luckily for Taylor and the Seahawks, he seems to be doing fine all things considered. Per NFL.com:

“While on the ground, Taylor was moving his legs. Per the NBC broadcast, Taylor was transported to a local hospital and was moving all his extremities.”

The primary concern when it comes to neck or spine injuries is the potential for paralysis. Many professional athletes have had their careers cut short due to an unlucky hit to the neck. The fact that Taylor is able to move and feel his legs is an encouraging sign for Seahawks fans, players, and coaching staff.

Hopefully, all will be okay for Taylor and the Seahawks, who are looking to even up their record with a win in this match. Taylor is currently being brought to a nearby hospital for further examination. Best of luck to the defensive end, and hopefully it’s nothing serious.