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Zack Follett released from hospital

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.

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