Packers' Jamaal Williams Taken to Hospital After Helmet-to-Helmet Hit vs. Eagles

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2019

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Jamaal Williams #30 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the football against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on September 22, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams was taken off the field on a stretcher following his team's first offensive play of Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham had a hand on Williams' facemask when defensive end Derek Barnett came flying in for a scary hit. Williams had already been stood up with no forward progress when Barnett launched himself at the Packer and contributed to the helmet-to-helmet injury.

According to ESPN's Michele Steele, Williams was transported to a local hospital in Green Bay for further evaluation.    

ESPN.com's Tim McManus added there was an announcement in the press box that Williams was evaluated for head and neck injuries and had feeling and movement in his extremities.

Barnett went over to Williams after the hit and said something that appeared apologetic before the back was stretchered off from the field.

Robert Mays @robertmays

Barnett clearly feels terrible after the fact, but I can’t understand how you don’t eject him for that. Those are the exact type of hits the league should be trying to deter.

The 24-year-old Williams served as a change-of-pace running back in the first three games, tallying 26 carries for 87 yards and seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Jones figures to see even more opportunities while Williams is sidelined, and Green Bay could turn to rookie Dexter Williams in future games.

Jones capped off Green Bay's opening drive with a touchdown run and will surely see an uptick in playing time after tallying 10 carries against the Denver Broncos and 13 against the Chicago Bears.

As for Dexter Williams, the Packers selected him with a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame. He has yet to appear in a game.


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