Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was carted off the field in a neck brace after suffering what appeared to be a severe head injury in Sunday night's match against the Dallas Cowboys.
Shortly before the end of the first half, Lockette collided with Cowboys safety Jeff Heath during a punt return. Lockette laid motionless near midfield for around five minutes as coaches, trainers, and players from both teams gathered around their fallen comrade.
Fellow receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Michael Bennett were visibly shaken as their teammate lay helpless on the ground. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson dropped to a knee and head coach Pete Carroll watched over his player as he was attended to.
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Heath stood on the Dallas sideline with a look of contrition and guilt, however, the hit he applied was legal and the injury just an unfortunate consequence.
Lockette was infamously the target of the errant pass that led to the Seahawks losing Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots earlier this year. He had spent time on and off Seattle's main roster since 2011 before finally nailing down a place on the squad in 2013, winning Superbowl XLVIII with the team in 2014.
Lockette showed positive signs
After being on his side the entire time, paramedics were finally able to move Lockette onto his back to strap him to a stretcher. Thousands of fans in attendance sat in silence, waiting for a sign that Lockette would be alright.
Television cameras at the game were able to get a close-up of his face, which showed him communicating with doctors. As he was being carted off the field towards the waiting ambulance, Lockette began to move his arms and signed the letter “L” to his teammates as the crowd cheered him off the field.
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