In Sunday’s 32-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was carted off of the field with just under five minutes to go in the game.
After the game, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians called the injury a “bruised spine.”
“There’s been a number of times I’ve been out there watching guys get towed off on a stretcher and it’s never fun, especially any time it’s a head or neck injury involved,” Arians said via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. “You just start praying and hoping everything is going to be alright, but he was coherent and talking and you could see the fingers and the feet start coming back pretty fast, so I was very optimistic.”
Campbell said the injury felt like a “stinger” and hopes to play on Thursday night when the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks.
“I feel pretty good,” Campbell said. “A little sore. Any time after you get one of these you’re pretty sore on Mondays.”
On the season, Campbell has 18 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.