(DETROIT, MI) -- After several anxious moments of lying motionless on the turf, you could see stirrings. A subtle tug at the shoulder, then more. Finally after about five minutes of stunned silence, James Stewart was helped to his feet and was eventually able to walk, albeit gingerly, to the sidelines.
He was done for the day, but thankfully, not his career.
Stewart suffered what was diagnosed as a "real bad stinger" according to Coach Marty Mornhinweg. Stewart was just thankful that he was able to get up and walk off the field.
"I saw the color of Scotty's [Anderson] jersey. Whenever you see your own guys jersey you know to cut inside of that because the other guy's on the outside. I think what happened was the corner sat there and waiting until I made my move to go up field and then just shoved Scotty in to me."
"It happened so fast, I think my brain got jarred," Stewart continued. "I didn't know if I was seriously hurt or what was going on with me at the time. I was like 'don't really move because you don't know what's wrong with you. You don't know if it's a stinger, it could be anything.' So I was like 'just don't move and I stayed there until people came and then everything started moving a little better. I realized I was OK. It was just a bad stinger."
Stewart admitted he was scared.
"Definitely, I was scared. I didn't know what had happened to me. I knew it was a pretty hard collision at that time when I was on the ground I was like 'just lay here.'"
Stewart said once he got to the sideline, his strength came back. He was held out for precautionary reasons. "I've never had one like that. It was so ...I don't want to say violent, but so bad. I've had stingers before but never one that impacted my hold body and made me lay motionless for a while."
Stewart said he was thankful. "I know my wife's dying to get a call from me."