The Bills’ trip to Denver Saturday was not really a positive one, as the team badly struggled in 24-10 loss to the Broncos. Of course, far worse than anything on the scoreboard were very scary head injuries suffered by WR Donald Jones and RB Johnny White. Both suffered were laid out on the turf for several minutes, and anyone watching had to feel that both situations could have been very, very serious.
As a Bills fan, every time you see someone lying motionless on the turf, it’s hard not to flash back to Kevin Everett. So I know whenever it happens I’m waiting on baited breath, desperate to see some movement or anything to indicate that he’ll be okay.
Here’s the shot Jones took from Broncos safety Rahim Moore:
Oof. We won’t get into the whole “was that a dirty hit” argument right now (we’ll save that for later), but it was a terrifying few seconds and Jones was lying there motionless.
White also had a scary moment of his own, as his head bounced violently off the turf while he was being tackled in the third quarter. White was tended to by trainers for both teams for several minutes before being strapped to a stretcher and carted off the field. He was rushed to a local hospital.
Fortunately, it appears both men escaped very serious injury. “I know the injuries were of concern to everyone and the good news right now is there were no serious injuries,” said head coach Chan Gailey after the game. ”Guys will miss a while, but they’re going to eventually be fine.”
White and Jones both passed a series of tests and will be traveling back with team. That’s a huge relief for reasons that have nothing to do with football.
We’ll have to see what the eventual prognosis is for both men. I’d be surprised to see either one play in the game next week.