Buccaneers broad receiver Russell Gage hospitalized
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage is hospitalized after suffering a neck injury on the field.
Russell Gage was fired by Donovan Wilson during the playoffs
The incident happened Monday night during the game between the Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys. In the fourth quarter of the high-stakes playoff game, Russell suffered a hit from Donovan Wilson and was unable to get off the ground after that.
As a result, Russell was carried off the field on a spineboard.
Hoping the injury isn’t serious
By video, don’t be afraid of paralysis
Also don’t see how he was allowed to get up when he was worried about his spinal cord
Hope he’s fine. pic.twitter.com/aMfx5v8doy
— David J. Chao — ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) January 17, 2023
I just saw this hit on Russell Gage’s injury. Terrible. Hope he’s fine. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/UwXYp0yvdT
— TRENTSTRONG413 (@trentstrong413) January 17, 2023
Prayers for Russell quickly began pouring in, and people also began slamming Donovan for even taking such a step.
Donovan Wilson shot cheaply in the throat by Gage. What a filthy, disgusting piece by Wilson.
— Christopher Knight (@Sugek244) January 17, 2023
Such a needless hit by Donovan Wilson. You’re up 31-6 and go for headshots
— Prince (@princengy) January 17, 2023
Thankfully, however, Russell was reported as having “movement in his extremities” before he was taken to the hospital.
Head coach Todd Bowles says Russell Gage was taken to hospital. He has a concussion and is being evaluated for a neck injury. Had movement in his extremities.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) January 17, 2023
The athlete is being tested and is “in the best of moods”
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers released an update confirming that Russell sustained a neck injury as well as a concussion. The statement also said Russell would “continue to undergo additional testing and observation.”
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 17, 2023
Soon after, Russell took to Twitter to express his gratitude for all the support he’s received. He also noted that he’s “doing great and in a great mood.”
“I appreciate all of the texts, calls, thoughts and prayers that you have all expressed to my family and I. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing great and in a great mood! Thank you!”
I appreciate all of the texts, calls, thoughts and prayers that you have all expressed to my family and to me. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing great and in a great mood!
— Russell Gage Jr. (@GageRussell) January 17, 2023
There are no further updates on Russell’s situation at this time.
Russell Gage was hospitalized just two weeks after Damar Hamlin collapsed
News of Russell’s hospitalization comes just after Damar Hamlin, who keeps Buffalo Bill safe, finds himself facing a serious medical scare.
As The Shade Room reported earlier this month, Damar collapsed during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He eventually went into cardiac arrest and was treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after scoring in our game against the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored in the field and he was transferred to UC Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. He is currently sedated and in critical condition.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Thankfully, Damar soon regained consciousness and was eventually discharged from the hospital.
An amazing update from Damar Hamlin. ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/GyP2uDQry0
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 11, 2023
Our hearts and prayers are with Russell Gage and we wish him a full recovery.