Eagles' Avonte Maddox Stretchered Off, Taken to Hospital After Scary Collision

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 27, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox in action while facing the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia, PA. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox was stretchered off the field after a collision with teammate Andrew Sendejo in his team's 34-27 win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday at Lambeau Field.

The Eagles later announced Maddox was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons and that he had movement in all of his extremities. 

With 1:15 left in the game and Philadelphia up a touchdown, Maddox tackled Packers tight end Robert Tonyan deep in Philadelphia territory following a reception.

Sendejo came in to help finish the tackle, but he inadvertently collided helmet-to-helmet with Maddox, who fell to the ground as the two completed the stop.

Medical personnel immediately attended to Maddox, and the Eagles came out onto the field to support their teammate. Per Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice, every single Eagles player left the sideline.

Maddox was seen blinking and talking to medical personnel on the Fox broadcast as he was taken off the field. After the game, running back Miles Sanders told Nick Fierro of the Allentown Morning Call and other reporters that he was joking and laughing with teammates while he was being put on the stretcher.

The Eagles drafted the cornerback out of Pitt with a fourth-round pick in 2018. The 5'9", 184-pound Maddox played 13 games last season, making 35 tackles, defending four passes and notching two interceptions.

Maddox has 16 tackles through four games this year, including eight against the Packers. He also made a crucial pass breakup on Packers wideout Davante Adams in the fourth quarter as Green Bay, down 34-27, was looking for a game-tying score.

The Eagles secondary has been beset by injuries: Cornerback Ronald Darby did not play with a hamstring ailment, and cornerback Sidney Jones suffered a hamstring injury mid-game and did not return. Rasul Douglas and Craig James finished the game as the team's only two healthy cornerbacks.

James deflected a pass from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that found its way to Philadelphia linebacker Nigel Bradham for a game-sealing interception with 24 seconds left. 

He and Douglas will need to step up in their teammates' absences. Darby is expected to miss a few games, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The severity of Jones' injury is unclear. The same goes for Maddox, although it's difficult to imagine the defensive back returning any time soon after suffering what appeared to be a severe head/neck injury.

Philadelphia's next game is Sunday, Oct. 6, at home versus the New York Jets

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