If you thought it was scary watching Saivion Smith’s injury on TV, imagine the feeling of being temporarily paralyzed, lying there on the ground, scared and confused.
Smith collapsed to the ground following the play after suffering a neck injury. But he says he suffered 20 seconds of temporary paralysis — unable to move his limbs or speak.
“I saw everybody, but I just couldn’t move. I was trying to extend my arms, move my legs, I couldn’t do nothing for like 20 seconds,” he told Birkett.
He was taken away by an on-field ambulance and luckily by the time he reached the hospital, his motor and verbal functions were back.
In an Oct. 19 update, Dan Campbell placed him on injured reserve but said he’s doing well.
“We don’t see residual head effects, things of that nature. He’s clear. He’s in good spirits other than being frustrated that he’s not going to be able to play, so from that regard, he’s good. He has his feeling, all that stuff, but there’s some other things we’re looking at with him,” Campbell said.
Smith explains in more detail what happened that day and his upcoming neck fusion surgery, and you read the whole story here.
All good brother! Be back soon! https://t.co/2I7yGUntrm— Saivion Smith (@Saivion_1k) October 9, 2022
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