All Shook Up

Cornell Green and Patrick Chukwurah provide some scary moments at Dove Valley

This mornings practice started off just like the others with warm-ups, stretches, drills and plays. Then moments later, offensive tackle Cornell Green and linebacker Patrick Chukwurah fell to the turf after colliding into each other. "You could hear it. It was a pretty loud crash," said defensive lineman Brandon Kennedy, "It looked pretty dramatic at first. I thought it was going to be worse than what it was."

Immediately silence and confusion fell through out the field. Players, coaches, fans and those standing near by wonder what just happened. Cornell Green attempted to block Patrick Chukwurah, who blitzed from the outside. The impact of the collision, forced Green into another player causing a forceful blow to the ground face down.

Without delay, Coach Shanahan ended practice. "We had three plays left in practice, and Coach called everyone up," safety Nick Ferguson said. "You don't want to end practice that way, but you don't want to go any further after that because two guys got injured."

The team medical unit attended to Chukwurah and Green with preventative measures, until they were alert enough to make it to a cart waiting for them. "You never know what's going on, so you don't know if it's the neck, if it's the spinal column or just a little bit of a concussion," Shanahan said. "Fortunately, I think it's just a mild concussion."

Cornell Green and Patrick Chukwurah were both alert and able to get back up on their own, suffering only from concussions. "You really can't let it shake your confidence, because it's an aggressive game and it's a contact sport," Ferguson said. "If you worry about getting injured, that's the first thing that's going to happen you're going to get injured."


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