WFT's Ricky Seals-Jones 'Fine' After Being Injured in Collision with Cameraman

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: Washington Football Team tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (83) catches a pass during the second half of the National Football League game between the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Washington Football Team tight end Ricky Seals-Jones is "fine" after leaving the field on a stretcher during Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Ron Rivera told reporters.

Rivera added that Seals-Jones was up and walking around during halftime.

Seals-Jones was injured after quarterback Taylor Heinicke tried to find him on a crossing route in the end zone. The ball was deflected away and Seals-Jones collided with a cameraman as his momentum took him into the sideline.

He was ultimately ruled out for the remainder of the game because of a neck injury, per the team.

According to ESPN's John Keim, the cameraman was able to walk off with some help and later returned to work the rest of the game.

The 26-year-old tight end came into Sunday with 29 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games (six starts). He's on his fourth team in five years, having spent time with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18), Cleveland Browns (2019) and Kansas City Chiefs (2020).

Logan Thomas was expected to be the starter coming into the season and a key contributor for the team after his breakout 2020, but a hamstring injury and ACL tear limited him to just six games this season.

John Bates will serve as the team's tight end in Seals-Jones' absence.

The WFT were already without running back Antonio Gibson and offensive lineman Ereck Flowers due to the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday, while wideout Curtis Samuel and defensive end Montez Sweat were among the players listed as out because of injuries.

Both the Eagles (8-7) and WFT (6-9) are fighting for playoff berths. The Eagles currently hold the No. 7 seed in the NFC playoff picture, while Washington needs to win out and needs help to claw their way into the postseason.