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Is Russell Gage OK? Buccaneers wide receiver rushed off field after struggling to get up following a hit

Gage struggled to get up after taking a hit from Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson
UPDATED JAN 17, 2023
Russell Gage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is carted off the field after suffering an injury during game against the Dallas Cowboys (Julio Aguilar, Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Russell Gage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is carted off the field after suffering an injury during game against the Dallas Cowboys (Julio Aguilar, Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FLORIDA: In a tragic incident, Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage was carted off the field with a neck injury after a collision with Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson with just three minutes remaining in the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 31-14 to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, January 16, with ESPN commentators calling it a "sobering moment" after Gage failed to get up.

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles explained that the NFL player was taken to the hospital. Bowles said, "They're also testing him for potential neck injuries. His fingers were moving when he was down. I don't know about the rest." After the incident, quarterback Tom Brady looked shaken when he saw his teammate on the field. Both teams knelt in prayer while coaches tended to the struggling athlete, according to the Sun. Gage was then placed on a spine and escorted off the field. Fans were distraught after the incident and took to Twitter to pray for the injured player. Gage reportedly injured his back last week in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, but was declared fit for Monday's game. ESPN wrote, "The Cowboys and Bucs gathered on the field after Russell Gage Jr went down with an apparent injury. He was carted off the field."


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One fan said, "#RussellGage Hoping the injury is not serious By video, no worry for paralysis Also don't see how he was allowed to get up if spinal cord worry Hope he is OK." Another user wrote, "The Russell Gage play from my POV. These guys put it all on the line every single play. Hoping for a full recovery. Posting after update that he has movement in fingers and conscious." One more fan said, "Thank God he gave a thumbs up on the way out. Absolutely terrible. Prayers up for Russell Gage"




One user tweeted, "Prayers for Russell Gage. My heart sinks into my stomach every time a player is seriously injured. Bucs and Cowboys need to just take knees and let’s get out of here." Another one said, "@NFL @Buccaneers #RussellGage suffers a bad injury two weeks after Damar Hamlin almost died on the field. The NFL is a violent sport, and its not for everyone. Prayers to Gage and his family." One more person wrote, "Bucs Russell Gage with a possible neck injury. You can see the back of his head/neck get pushed forward as he tried to make the catch. They’re likely being really cautious here wit his neck. Let’s hope all is well."




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