Buccaneers’ Russell Gage has concussion, possible neck injury

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage was taken off the field by stretcher late in the fourth quarter of the team’s 31-14 wild-card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.

Gage was injured when he stumbled on a route, went to the ground, couldn’t make the catch and took a hard shot to the neck from Donovan Wilson. He appeared to try to get up but couldn’t and slammed his hand into the ground in frustration.

Players from both teams took a knee and prayed while medical personnel attended to Gage. Tom Brady, who threw the pass to Gage, stood near the medical staff before the game resumed.

Speaking after the game, Bucs coach Todd Bowles said Gage was taken to the hospital with a concussion and also is being checked for a neck injury.

The play came two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed, suffered cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field during another prime-time Monday night game. He was discharged from a Buffalo area hospital last week.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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