There was a scary moment for the St. Louis Rams in their game against the Detroit Lions in week one. While the team was celebrating a touchdown catch and the lead, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold was down on the play in obvious pain. Saffold suffered a head and/or neck injury after running into Lions defender Sammie Hill.
Saffold instantly fell to the ground and stayed there. Recently acquired offensive tackle Wayne Hunter filled the void left by Saffold’s injury.
The 24-year-old was the Rams second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has started all five of the 25 NFL games he has played.
While he was on the ground, the team’s training staff came out to evaluate him while his teammates gathered to say a prayer on the sideline. Saffold’s head was immobilized and he was strapped down to a stretcher before being carted off the field. It is always hard to immediately back into the action after an injury of that nature but in the NFL the show much go on.
Thoughts go out to Saffold. Hopefully the injury is not as serious as it appeared.