Donavin Newsom Taken Away in Ambulance After Suffering Head, Neck Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2017

This is a 2017 photo of Donavin Newsom of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Thursday, May 4, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Donavin Newsom was taken away from practice Tuesday in an ambulance after suffering a reported head and neck injury following a collision with defensive back Chanceller James.

The severity of Newsom's injury is unknown, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the player had feeling in his extremities.

"He did have feeling in his hands and lower half, so that's the encouraging part," Shanahan said. "We're praying for the best."

49ers VP of Communications Bob Lange would later release the following statement:

"San Francisco 49ers linebacker Donavin Newsom was transported to Stanford Medical Center following an injury sustained during practice earlier today. After evaluation, doctors determined Newson has no cervical spine fractures, but did suffer a concussion. Newsom remains at Stanford Medical Center Under Observation."

During a brief press conference, Shanahan also said the scary situation "puts things in perspective."

Newsom, 23, signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent after playing collegiately at Missouri. He finished his career with the Tigers with 162 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

As a senior, he recorded a team-high 73 tackles. Newsom is attempting to make the roster at the middle linebacker spot. He's one of four players listed on the 49ers' depth chart at the position.