Linebacker Sio Moore of the Oakland Raiders was released from a Green Bay, Wis., hospital wearing a neck brace and was able to return home to California with his teammates after being taken off the field on a stretcher during Friday’s preseason game between the Raiders and Green Bay Packers.
Moore, entering his second season, was hit in the back of the neck and shoulder by Packer fullback John Kuhn and was taken to an area hospital. X-rays were negative and the initial diagnosis, according to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, is that Moore strained his neck.
“That’s a positive sign,” coach Dennis Allen said. “I don’t know what kind of timeline that entails, but the most encouraging thing is that Sio is fine.”
Moore spent several minutes laying face down on the field before he was taken off on a stretcher.
“It’s always a scary situation, especially when you hear a player say their neck is hurt on the field,” Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. “I’ve seen it a couple times and it never gets any easier. I don’t think anyone wants to play right away after something like that. Hopefully he’ll be fine and he’ll be able to get back soon.”
Moore, a third-round pick by the Raiders out of Connecticut in 2013, played in 15 games last season and started 11, making 49 tackles with 4½ sacks and a forced fumble.