Four offensive plays into the Seattle Seahawks' 35-24 playoff loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, tight end John Carlson was carted off the field after sustaining a serious concussion when he landed head-first on the sidelines after a 14-yard catch-and-run.
For precautionary reasons, Carlson spent the night in a Chicago hospital, but did manage to see of replay of the play before boarding a flight back to Seattle on Monday.
"It looked like it hurt," Carlson told the West Central Tribune.
"I didn’t necessarily try to hurdle him (Bears safety Danieal Manning), but I tried to jump away from the tackle," said Carlson. "I remember getting flipped, but I don’t remember anything after that."
Carlson said that the field itself was soft due to heating coils underneath the playing surface. The sidelines, where Carlson landed, was "hard as a rock".
"The first thing I remember after that was being in the ambulance," said Carlson. "I was confused at first, but the team doctor was there with me and told me right away where I was and what was going on. From then on, I was getting more and more alert...
"They (trainers and medical staff) did a great job being cautious and taking all of the proper steps to make sure of the situation," Carlson said. "I now have plenty of time to recover because our season, unfortunately, is done."
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