If Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson was involved in a horrific collision with teammate Tremaine Edmunds during Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans, fearing the worst potential medical outcome. Jackson’s neck was immobilized by medical personnel and he was taken from the field by ambulance to a local hospital.
The Bills announced Tuesday morning that Jackson had avoided a serious injury, which was determined after he “passed various tests that indicated there was no significant damage to his neck or spinal cord. He was discharged from the hospital, today he is undergoing further examination.”
That examination included a CT scan and X-rays, the Bills announced Monday night. “Dane Jackson is fully moving his limbs, which is good, but we’re still waiting for more updates. I was able to see him in the ambulance at halftime and we’re all sending him our prayers.”
What happened to Dane Jackson?
Dr. David Chao of Sports Injury Central (www.sicscore.com) analyzed the injury Jackson suffered during a fight with Titans wide receiver Traylon Burks based on his experience accumulated over nearly two decades as the team doctor for the former San Diego Chargers.
“Based on our video analysis during the game, we expected it to look a lot worse than it did,” Chao said in a phone interview with Pro Football Network. “We didn’t think there was any risk of permanent nerve or spinal cord damage. The mechanism just didn’t fit. Part of what made it look worse than it was was that the helmet was lifted off his head on impact and pushed back further than his head and neck actually were. Bills has now confirmed that he has been released from the hospital.
“Don’t be surprised if we see him diagnosed with a spinous process fracture (clay spade fracture, an avulsion-type fracture in the lower cervical or upper thoracic spine, treatment usually involves rest and pain control because the injuries are mechanically stable, according to medical journals). »
Chao predicted Jackson could be medically cleared to play again this season, barring complications.
“Fortunately, this type of neck fracture, if true, will not require surgery, and in fact, it could still come back this season for the Bills,” Chao said. “He can be a part of their potential Super Bowl. Medically speaking, we believe he will be cleared to return to play for the Bills this season. He avoided disaster. That’s why everyone was worried. It wasn’t a Ryan Shazier type of injury.”
Shazier is a retired former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who suffered a spinal injury and underwent surgery in 2017. The former Pro Bowl linebacker was originally expected to be paraplegic, but he recovered from surgery and was able to walk and run again. He retired in 2020.
It would be unbelievable for Jackson to play football again, especially considering how devastating the hit was and how much trouble it caused him when he went to the ground after one of the NFL’s worst situations in years.