Ravens receive good news about Landry

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens strong safety Dawan Landry suffered a spinal cord concussion Sunday during a 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium, but team officials said he has normal neurological activity with movement in all of his extremities.

Landry remained overnight at Maryland Shock Trauma for observation and to undergo further tests, according to team spokesman Kevin Byrne. Initial X-rays didn't reveal any fractures and a magnetic resonance imaging exam was to be conducted later.

It doesn't appear as if the injury has caused permanent damage, but it's unclear when Landry will return.

Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, the team's chief orthopedic surgeon, said that Landry never lost consciousness on the field after the crown of his helmet appeared to strike Browns running back Jamal Lewis' knee toward the end of the first half.

Landry was worked on for roughly 10 minutes by medical personnel as he was down on the ground on his stomach. His face mask was removed from his helmet, which was taped to a stretcher to immobilize him as he was carted off the field and taken to the hospital for X-rays.

An eerie silence fell over the field as teammates and the Browns knelt in prayer for Landry, who complained of numbness.

"It's a moment when nothing else matters, but making sure that he's healthy," safety Ed Reed said. "This is just a game that we play. We love to play, but we know at any point you can have a situation like this one.

"For Dawan to have to go through all that, our prayers were going out to him right then and there. The game was forgotten about. At that moment, we just want to make sure his health is fine."

Once Landry was turned onto his back as doctors and trainers placed him on a stretcher, he appeared to be alert and talking as he was taken off the field. He received a standing ovation from fans.

The scary episode reminded safety Jim Leonhard, Landry's replacement, of the devastating injury suffered last season by his former Buffalo Bills teammate Kevin Everett. The tight end is walking again after fracturing and dislocating his cervical spine, a potentially life-threatening injury.

"I was so glad to hear good reports right away, because being in Buffalo last year, I was there when we didn't hear good reports about Kevin Everett," Leonhard said. "That's the bad side of it, not that what happened with Dawan is good.

"Dawan is just a good guy. The whole locker room loves him. Hopefully, he gets healthy as soon as possible."

A two-year starter drafted in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech, Landry recorded six tackles before getting hurt.

The injury gave pause to the Ravens, offering a reminder that football can be an extremely violent game.

"When something like that happens, it's always in the back of your mind," middle linebacker Ray Lewis said. "That's somebody that you sweat and bleed with. You just hope and pray that he would be all right."

Inspired by Landry, the Ravens had a resurgent defensive effort as they intercepted quarterback Derek Anderson three times with five sacks.

"I kind of locked eyes with this dude [Reed], and said, 'Come on, Come on,'" outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We knew it, we knew it. It was like the 10 of us, we all looked at Dawan laying there and we were all worried.

"The front seven knew, it was like he shouldn't have even got up there. We definitely weren't playing our most physical football at that moment, and he got hurt. You have the Ravens' decal on your helmet, you have to play like a Raven every play, so you know stuff like that doesn't happen." Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.


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