Raiders’ running back Mike Goodson left the hospital and returned to training camp headquarters after he was hurt in a helmet-to-helmet collision during practice earlier in the day.
Goodson was taken away from practice by ambulance with a possible neck injury after an on-field crash with colleague Philip Wheeler. The Raiders claimed in a press release that a CT scan and MRI both came back negative.
”The Oakland Raiders received inspiring stories from doctors treating Mike Goodson, who left the practice field with a neck injury, with movement in his extremities,” the team statement announced.
Goodson was making an attempt to catch a pass from Carson Palmer during a passing drill when he was leveled by Wheeler with what seemed to be a helmet-to-helmet hit that could be heard at the opposite end of the field.
The 25-year-old Goodson lay prone on the turf for about 15 minutes as squad and trainers rushed over. Paramedics and firefighters arrived immediately after that, and Goodson appeared to move his arms and legs.
Practice continued while employees removed Goodson’s facemask, but left the rest of his helmet intact. Goodson was strapped to a backboard prior to getting loaded into an ambulance.
”He did have feeling in his extremities which is positively good news,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after practice. ”I didn’t see it cleanly so I do not really know exactly what occurred on the play. I heard it more than I saw it.”
Wheeler, projected as a starting outside linebacker for Oakland, was visibly shaken and was still upset when speaking to reporters after practice. Football lines
”I texted him already and told him that I’m praying for him, that I’m sorry and I didn’t mean to do it,” Wheeler said. ”I thought he was going to get up. I did not think he was that bad off until he revealed … That he could not get up. That’s when I knew he was pretty bad.
”It was simply a bang-bang play. I am just going to pray for him. I did not mean to do it. I did not mean to hurt him.”
A few players, including hurt RB Taiwan Jones and wide receiver Denarius Moore, kneeled beside Goodson before emergency personnel arrived. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour later walked over to check on Goodson, as did Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
”When you’re down there and you’re hearing the ambulance coming, you might begin to panic and assume the worst,” Jones said. ”I just tried to remain by his side and reassure him that everything’s going to be fine.”
Goodson, bought by the Raiders in a trade with Carolina, has been competing with Jones for the backup position behind RB Darren McFadden. He had gotten into a scuffle with free agent safety Brandon Underwood.
The play was reminiscent of one in 2000 when Raiders RB Randy Jordan was taken away from training camp with a neck injury following a crash with a couple of colleagues.
”You know at that position you are going to take a lot of hits,” McFadden claimed. ”It is football. You’re going to get hit hard, so you just need to get up and get ready for the next play.”