Bengals CB Ghee OK to travel home with head injury
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)
Bengals rookie cornerback Brandon Ghee was scheduled travel home with the team after being knocked cold following a violent helmet-to-helmet collision with Bills running back Chad Simpson in a preseason game Saturday night.
Coach Marvin Lewis provided few details except to say Ghee got ''dinged'' following the Bengals 35-20 loss. Lewis said Ghee was not taken to the hospital.
Ghee lay motionless for several minutes before being able to sit up along the Bills sideline after he was hurt six minutes into the third quarter. Though groggy, he took a few steps as he was loaded onto the cart before being driven off the field.
The injury occurred when the third-round draft pick out of Wake Forest lowered his helmet in a bid to stop Simpson on a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1. Ghee dropped to the ground and lay there face-down as Bills trainers immediately attended to him.
Joined by Bengals trainers, medical officials were eventually able to turn Ghee over on his back and then have him sit up on his own. It was at that point an ambulance began driving onto the field, before making a U-turn back up the stadium tunnel.
Bengals defensive players knelt at midfield in prayer, and teammates including receiver Chad Ochocinco and cornerback Adam Jones came across the field to watch and provide support.
Simpson also lay on the field briefly before getting up on his own and showing no signs of grogginess. Simpson eventually came over and tapped Ghee on the shoulder pad.
The Bengals later lost Jones, who did not return after hurting his neck late in the third quarter. Escorted by trainers, Jones slowly made his way off the field. Lewis did not provide an update on the player's status.