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Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett 'conscious, has feeling and movement' in extremities

On a day of scary helmet-to-helmet hits around the NFL, Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett may have gotten the worst of it.

He was carted off the field after being hurt on an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet late in the game against the New York Giants in the New Meadowlands. He reportedly is "conscious, had feeling and movement" in his extremities after being taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, the same hospital to which Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was taken Saturday. (LeGrand was paralyzed on a kickoff in a game in the New Meadowlands.) Follett was to remain hospitalized overnight for further tests; a Lions spokesman said there was no evidence of a cervical fracture.

"Any time they bring a backboard out for a player it's a scary situation," Lions Coach Jim Schwartz said. "Our players were very concerned. I gathered them up on the sideline to let them know what we knew so far, but again our thoughts and our prayers go out to Zack. He's a valuable member of this team. I know he's a favorite in our locker room, he's a favorite across the city of Detroit, rightfully so."

This figures to be a busy week in the NFL's offices as it sorts out head injuries from helmet-to-helmet hits to: New England's Julian Edelman, Cleveland's Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs (both thanks to the Steelers' James Harrison), Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and Atlanta's Dunta Robinson (the last two collided in one of the most jarring hits of the day). Todd Heap suffered a shoulder stinger in a helmet-to-helmet hit by Brandon Meriweather but at least was able to return to the game.

If you're the NFL commissioner, what do you do? Fines don't work, as Rodney Harrison admitted on the "Sunday Night Football" broadcast. There's only one answer: suspensions.

By Cindy Boren  | October 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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