Buffalo Bills’ Dane Jackson avoids serious neck or spinal cord injury, discharged from hospital

BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson has been released from hospital after suffering a neck injury, with the team saying he suffered no serious injuries to his neck or spinal cord.

The cornerback was taken off the field in an ambulance on Monday night during the Bills’ 41-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans. He received a CT scan and an X-ray at the hospital and is undergoing further evaluation on Tuesday.

Jackson was transported to Erie County Medical Center after teammate Tremaine Edmunds accidentally made contact with Jackson’s head and neck area while trying to assist in tackling receiver Treylon Burks in the last minute of the second quarter.

“Definitely a tough move. I just saw the receiver still standing up, just to finish the game,” Edmunds said. “A situation that I clearly didn’t do intentionally. I would never try to do something like that to my teammate, but like I said… the receiver was still standing, I just tried to finish him off to the ground and unfortunately, eventually I hit Dane.”

Edmunds noted that Jackson gave a thumbs up before leaving the stadium.

The entire Bills team came off the sidelines to see if Jackson was eventually put on a stretcher and taken off the field. The game was paused for about 10 minutes while Jackson was nursed.

Coach Sean McDermott had the chance to talk to Jackson in the stadium tunnel during halftime before Jackson was taken to the hospital.

“It says a lot about the boys, how much they care about each other [that they came out onto the field]McDermott said. “And the game is important and trying to win a game is important, but there are bigger things, especially when your teammate is down there and just trying to take care of him everywhere.”

Jackson, a 2020 seventh round roster from Pittsburgh, was Bills’ No. 1 cornerback, while Tre’Davious White remains on the reserve/PUP list and is recovering from a torn ACL. Rookie cornerbacks Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam turned against Jackson and both played as he left the game.

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