Lions’ Follett injured on kickoff; Hill breaks arm

Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett was hospitalized after a

violent helmet-to-helmet hit with a Giants player while covering a

fourth-quarter kickoff return.

The Lions said Follett was conscious and has full movement in

his limbs. He will stay in Hackensack University Medical Center on

Sunday night for observation.

Detroit also lost starting quarterback Shaun Hill in the 28-20

loss to the New York Giants. He broke his left arm late in the

first half and spent part of the second half on the sideline with

his arm in a sling.

Follett’s injury was scary. He lay on the field for about five

minutes while attended by medical personnel from both teams. A

backboard was placed under his back, he was placed on a stretcher

and carted off the field and taken to Hackensack University Medical


”Both the MRI and CT tests performed on Zack this evening at

the Hackensack Medical Center were NEGATIVE,” the Lions said in a

statement issued Sunday night. ”Zack is resting comfortably and

has feeling and movement in all of his extremities. He will

continue to be monitored throughout the evening.”

Players on both teams took a knee after the play, which happened

in roughly the same spot where Rutgers defensive tackle Eric

LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury in a game against Army on


Follett made head to head contact with Jason Pierre-Paul on the

play on which he was injured.

”I knew right away he was hurt,” Pierre-Paul said.

Hill was hit by Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield on an

incomplete pass to Kevin Smith. He immediately left the field and

was replaced by Drew Stanton, who started the second half.

”Shaun Hill has a fracture in his forearm, his non-throwing

arm,” Schwartz said. ”He wanted to go back in but he had a hard

time, no matter how we splinted it, trying to take a snap.”

The Lions almost needed No. 3 quarterback Matthew Stafford late

in the game when Stanton was dinged. Stafford jogged on the field,

but Stanton motioned that he was OK.