Detroit Lions linebacker and former Clovis High and Cal standout Zack Follett was hospitalized Sunday after a violent helmet-to-helmet hit with a Giants player while covering a fourth-quarter kickoff return.
The Lions said Follett was conscious and has full movement in his limbs. He will stay overnight for observation.
Follett’s injury was scary. He lay on the field for about five minutes while attended to by medical personnel from both teams. A backboard was placed under his back, he was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.
“Both the MRI and CT tests performed on Zack this evening at the Hackensack Medical Center were negative,” the Lions said in a statement issued Sunday night. “Zack is resting comfortably and has feeling and movement in all of his extremities. He will continue to be monitored throughout the evening.”
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Follett made head-to-head contact with Jason Pierre-Paul on the play on which he was injured.
“I knew right away he was hurt,” Pierre-Paul said.