St. Louis Rams left tackle Rodger Saffold, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, was carted off the field in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions after collapsing during a play according to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated:
prayers are with rams left tackle rodger saffold, who is being carted off the field. #nfl— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 9, 2012
UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 5:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Really, really good news to report—Saffold's injury was not nearly as bad as it looked when he was carted off the field with what was reported as a neck injury. From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Anytime a player has to be carted off the field, you hold your breath and pray for the best. Thankfully, it sounds like Saffold's injury isn't too severe. This is certainly news we're all relieved to hear.
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St. Louis radio host Brian Stull offered his prayers and tried to provide a little more insight into the play, though as he says, it is hard to tell exactly what happened.
Prayers for @rodger_saffold as he's carted off field. Even w/replay hard to tell exactly what happened to his neck/head.— Brian Stull (@StullySTL) September 9, 2012
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that it was a neck injury, but was unable to confirm anything else.
It's announced as a neck injury for Saffold, severity unknown.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 9, 2012
There is some positive news, as FOX announced (via Mike Sando of ESPN.com) that Saffold does have "feeling in his extremities."
Rams say Rodger Saffold has feeling in extremities, according to Fox broadcast.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) September 9, 2012
Saffold is just 24 years old. He was drafted out of the University of Indiana and started 25 games in his first two seasons in the league.
We will keep you updated on Saffold's situation as more information becomes available.