Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph took a hit that appeared to temporarily knock him unconscious in Week 5, but the blow that forced the second-year quarterback into concussion protocol wasn't the only scary moment last Sunday.
During the Denver Broncos 24-16 win over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Broncos cornerback De'Vante Bausby had to be carted off the field after being hit directly in the head by teammate Hohn Tidwell:
Unlike Rudolph's hit, Bausby says he never lost consciousness. But in the hours after the hit, he dealt with something scarier.
"I was never unconscious," Bausby told the collective media, which included Jeff Ledwold of ESPN. "I just couldn't move, but I was still talking and everything. The doc, the neurologist said I was going to be fine and I just trusted that, and after about 30 minutes I was able to wiggle my toes and after a couple hours I was able to regain full mobility, so I was straight, I was fine. ... They said I was paralyzed for 30 minutes; after 30 minutes I could wiggle my toes and after two hours I could move everything else.''
Bausby actually has a pretty cool story. After a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, Bausby turned to the now-defunct Alliance of American Football to continue his NFL career. The 26-year-old became a star for the San Antonio Commanders, recording four interceptions in eight games. He parlayed that success into a job with the Broncos, the fifth NFL organization he's been a part of.
Such a traumatic experience could make some decide to walk away from the sport altogether. Bausby, who the Broncos placed on injured reserve Tuesday, doesn't have any plans to stop playing football.
"[I just need to] Strengthen my [neck] muscles again and I'll be good to go.''