Detroit Lions linebacker and ex-Clovis High standout Zack Follett is on his way back to Detroit after spending Sunday in a New Jersey hospital with a neck injury.
"He's doing a lot better, and his tests all came back very, very encouraging," coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. "We look forward to a quick recovery and seeing him back on the field."
Schwartz said it's unknown how long Follett will be out.
Follett was hurt in a helmet-to-helmet hit while covering a kickoff in the fourth quarter of a 28-20 loss to the New York Giants. He was taken off on a backboard.
By Sunday night, Follett was calling teammates to let them know he was all right. He passed a CT scan and an MRI. Doctors said he suffered a stinger.
"He's in very good spirits," said linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba, who talked with Follett on Sunday night.
On his Twitter account, Follett thanked the people who prayed for his health.
New York-area media reported Follett visited Rutgers player Eric LeGrand before he left Hackensack University Medical Center.
LeGrand has been unable to move from the neck down after a tackle against Army on Saturday, also at the Meadowlands.