It’s never great news to report when an NFL player needs to be carted off the field and gets taken away in an ambulance. Unfortunately, San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Donavin Newsom reportedly injured his neck in practice and has been transported to a local hospital.
The positive is that Newson was able to make some movements to his extremities prior to leaving in the ambulance. Head coach Kyle Shanahan commented on Newsom’s injury.
“The encouraging part I can say is his eyes were open, he did have feeling in his lower half and hands,” coach Kyle Shanahan said, via Cam Inman of The Mercury News. “He’s on his way to the hospital. That’s all we know and we’re praying for the best.”
Per the report, Newsom collided with rookie safety Chanceller James during a practice play and was knocked unconscious. Medical staff attended to Newsom for 10 minutes after the hit occurred. According to the report, Shanahan did not take issue with the play that took place when Newsom was injured.
Newsom played five seasons for Missouri where he tallied a total of 162 tackles. He joined the 49ers during the offseason.
Update: The San Francisco 49ers have released this update regarding Newsom.