BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson has been released from hospital with a neck injury, with the team saying he did not sustain any major neck or spinal cord injuries.
The cornerback was taken off the field in an ambulance during the Bills’ 41-7 win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. He received a CT scan and X-ray at the hospital and is undergoing further evaluation on Tuesday.
Jackson was rushed to Erie County Medical Center after teammate Tremaine Edmunds inadvertently made contact with Jackson’s head/neck area while trying to help tackle receiver Treylon Burks in the last minute of the second quarter.
“Definitely a tough play. I just saw the receiver still standing, just trying to finish the play,” Edmunds said. “A situation that I obviously didn’t do on purpose. I would never try to do something like that to my teammate, but like I said…the receiver was still up, I was just trying to put him down. end up on the ground and unfortunately I end up hitting Dane.”
Edmunds noted that Jackson gave a thumbs up before leaving the stadium.
The entire Bills team came out from the sideline to check on Jackson as he was eventually stretchered and taken off the field. Play was paused for approximately 10 minutes while Jackson was treated.
Coach Sean McDermott had the chance to speak with Jackson in the stadium tunnel at halftime before Jackson was taken to hospital.
“That says a lot about the guys, how much they care about each other [that they came out onto the field]”, McDermott said. “And the game is important and trying to win a game is important, but there are more important things, especially when your teammate is out there and just trying to take care of him everywhere where we can.”
Jackson, a 2020 Pittsburgh seventh-round pick, served as the Bills’ No. 1 cornerback while Tre’Davious White remains on the reserve/PUP roster recovering from a torn ACL. Rookie cornerbacks Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam rotated past Jackson and both played when he left the game.