Last Friday night, Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington had to be stretched off the court in a neck brace after inadvertently being kicked in the face by his teammate, Jerami Grant.
The collision led to genuine concern from teammates and fans, and Covington was taken to a nearby hospital that night. Fortunately, despite the dramatic nature of the incident, he appears to have avoided serious injury.
Speaking since, though, the 25-year-old revealed some pretty scary details of the moments immediately following the collision - admitting he blacked out and lost feeling in his fingers.
"There was a period when it was scary,” Covington said over the weekend, via CSN Philly. “But as time went on and I started getting more feeling back in my fingers, that’s when I realized that everything was starting to come back to me.
“But as time went on and I started getting more feeling back in my fingers, that’s when I realized that everything was starting to come back to me.
"That took a lot of stress and a lot of pressure off me. Then me hearing everyone around me, it just made me feel a lot better.”
The whole experience doesn't sound pleasant at all, and it highlights the dangers that can arise from having 10 powerful athletes running around the court at breakneck speed.
Fortunately, as noted above, Covington does seem to be on the road to recovery although his status for return isn't clear just yet.
Having missed the 76ers' game against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, the former Houston Rockets man currently remains in the league's concussion protocol.
According to Calkins Media's Tom Moore, he will miss at least one more game, meaning his potential return date would be this Thursday against the Washington Wizards.
Grant, who also suffered a concussion as the two collided last week, also remains in the concussion protocol.
Before missing Saturday's action, Covington had started Philadelphia's last 22 games and had played at least some part in every game since the 76ers played Dallas way back on November 16.
In 56 games this season (42 starts), he has averaged 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in around 27 minutes of playing time per night.
Hopefully, he is able to make a full and speedy recovery over the next few days and can return to the rotation before the 76ers' season comes to an end.